‘Ultimate Dinosaurs’ stomping into Cleveland Museum of Natural History

An exhibit about to make a big footprint at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History promises to bring you “face to face with a whole new world of dinosaurs—the unique and bizarre dinosaurs of the Southern Hemisphere.”

“Ultimate Dinosaurs” is setting up shop in the University Circle attraction’s Hahn Hall for a run Nov. 29 through April. 26, says a news release from CMNH.

(Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

From the release:

Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals species of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Madagascar, and other parts of Africa and examines how and why are they are so different from their North American counterparts. The exhibit was created by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

“The exhibit’s use of new technology brings history to life like never before, allowing our visitors to ‘engage’ with dinosaurs they never knew existed and that were unknown even to scientists as recently as 30 years ago,” says Sonia Winner, CMNH president and chief executive officer, in the release.. “Ultimate Dinosaurs is a great example of how we are using technology to advance our mission to educate and connect with our community in compelling ways.”

Ultimate Dinosaurs tells the origin story of our continents, how they once were fully connected as a supercontinent called Pangea and how their separation resulted in massive evolutionary diversity in dinosaurs, the release continues. Visitors will experience the “awe-inspiring” presence of these creatures as they wander among 16 life-size casts and numerous prehistoric specimens, using augmented reality to imagine these beasts in the flesh.

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Among the species featured in Ultimate Dinosaurs are:

— Giganotosaurus, the largest carnivorous dinosaur from Gondwana and perhaps the largest land predator ever. Giganotosaurus has been dubbed the bigger, badder cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex.

— Eoraptor, a tiny bipedal dinosaur that lived about 228 million years ago. Its two kinds of teeth—serrated and flat—suggest it was an omnivore.
Suchomimus, a spinosaur from the Sahara Desert in Niger. It was 33 feet long and weighed more than 6,600 pounds.

— Majungosaurus, a theropod from Madagascar. It is believed that it exhibited cannibalistic behavior at least some of the time.

— Rapetosaurus, a titanosaur named after the mischievous Malagasy folklore giant, Rapeto. An adult Rapetosaurus may have been up to 60 feet long.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CMNH.org.

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