CM opens Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets
Press Release: Blockbuster Dinosaur Exhibition Coming To Canterbury Museum, Canterbury Museum, 13 April 2022
Cantabrians can discover the dinosaurs’ secrets of survival in a new exhibition at their Museum.
Developed in Australia by Gondwana Studios, Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival showcases recent discoveries that have revolutionised the way we picture dinosaurs.
Scientists traditionally thought dinosaurs looked like lizards, with smooth scaly skin coloured in greys, greens and browns.
Now, new fossils found in China’s Liaoning Province, including skin, soft tissue, spikes and feathers, have shown that some dinosaurs were more like their modern descendants, birds, than we realised.
Dinosaur rEvolution tells the story of two branches of the dinosaur family, the Ornithischia and the Saurischia.
The Ornithischia had beaks, quills, scales, spikes, horns and massive body armour, while the Saurischia – the branch that includes the massive Tyrannosaurus rex – had feathers paired with scales, claws and sharp teeth.
Both branches adapted in different ways to their changing environment, but only one survived to fly away into the future.
The exhibition features four life-sized, moving dinosaurs, skeletons, touchable fossil casts and artworks that reimagine what dinosaurs really looked like.
Visitors can become dinosaur experts, learning about how different types of dinosaurs fed, fought and reproduced.
Canterbury Museum Senior Curator Human History Dr Paul Scofield says the exhibition is one of the biggest the Museum has hosted in recent years.
Admission charges apply. Ticket prices are:
- Adults: $10
- Children (under 15 years): $5
- Children (under 3 years): Free
- Small Family Pass (1 Adult and up to 2 children): $18
- Large Family Pass (2 Adults and up to 3 children): $28
International touring exhibitions like Dinosaur rEvolution are expensive to stage in the Museum. The Museum is charging for entry to help cover the costs.