by TELUS World of Science - Edmonton
Dinosaurs may be notorious for their sheer size and ferocious reputation, but it’s their feathered side that will be turning heads this spring at TELUS World of Science –Edmonton
Lifelike and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, plus stunning fossil and skeleton specimens take center stage at Dinosaurs Unearthed – a captivating exhibition where guests will experience an in-depth look at dinosaur species, from across Asia and North America.
“We’re excited to offer a science experience that shares the spectacular stories of feathered dinosaurs and fossil discoveries as this is part of Alberta’s story,” said Alan Nursall, President and CEO of TWOSE. “Dinosaurs Unearthed immerses you through the use of lighting, sound, and life-like dinosaurs to blend science with hands-on engagement and family fun.”
Whether face-to-face with a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile or gazing at the detail of a Sinosaurapteryx fossil, this exhibition is sure to inspire awe and is full of surprises.
Dinosaurs Unearthed explores the exciting discovery of feathered dinosaurs and their connection to modern day birds. Guests will see striking reproductions of the fossil evidence that led scientists to believe that dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds, not reptiles as previously thought.
Six feathered animatronic dinosaurs and one animatronic primitive bird offer a dynamic visual representation of prehistoric feathered creatures. For many, the feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile will be the most incredible dinosaur at the exhibition. Long considered a quintessential reptilian dinosaur in appearance, scientists now believe the predator may have been covered in downy protofeathers from the time of its hatching through adolescence.
Dinosaurs Unearthed guests may find the awesome size of the Gigantoraptor to be the biggest surprise, especially when they realize that this creature in the exhibition – at 15-feet-tall – had not yet reached full adult size before its untimely demise, and is still one of the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found.
Dinosaurs Unearthed features interactive stations that explore dinosaur sounds, anatomy and digestion. The exhibit also hosts two dig areas offering an immersive way for amateur paleontologists to make their own fossil discoveries. Plus, a console allows guests to control animatronic dinosaur movement and explore how scientists believe the Stegosaurus moved its limbs, eyes and mouth. With dinosaur species from across North America and Asia, guests will have an opportunity to compare and contrast similar dinosaurs from different continents. Allosaurus from North America roars to life next to the bare bones skeleton of the similar Asian theropod Yangchuanosaurus, while Stegosaurusthunders alongside a Tuojiangosaurus skeleton.
A stunning, large-scale excavation site replica shines aspotlight on the field of paleontology and the origin of all dinosaur study. The Dinosaurs Unearthed experience features a collection of real fossils, including an Oviraptor egg, Spinosaurus and Mosasaur teeth, along with stunning casts and gorgeous reproductions of Triceratopshorns, an Allosaurus skull and feathered fossils.
Four beautifully displayed full-scale skeletons are also presented. Each of the life-like animatronic dinosaurs has been custom designed and handcrafted for Dinosaurs Unearthed by a team of paleo-artists using the best available data from paleontologists. Accurate to how scientists believe each dinosaur looked and sounded, the animatronic dinosaurs are developed using technology that ensures smooth, life like motion. Dinosaurs Unearthed inspires curiosity and captures human fascination with dinosaurs at an excitingtime in history.
In what is being referred to as the second ‘golden age’ of dinosaur discovery, paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate. These new discoveries are continually challenging common understanding and bringing new information about theprehistoric past to light.
Dinosaurs Unearthed opens at TELUS World of Science – Edmonton on Friday, May 15, 2015.
To purchase tickets or for more information call 780.451.3344 or visit telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
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