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Dynamic Earth reveals dinosaur-sized secrets

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 05, 2013 - 2:16 PM |

Dynamic Earth is digging up life-sized prehistoric beasts through its latest exhibit.

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed, presented by Technica Mining, offers a compelling look at the remarkable story of feathered fossils, a discovery which led palaeontologists to believe that dinosaurs are the prehistoric ancestors of modern day birds.

The experience emphasizes the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time when dinosaur science is accelerating at a rapid rate. New discoveries are happening at an exponential pace compared to a century ago and common understanding about dinosaur appearance and behaviour is always being re-examined.

Felix Lopes and his two-year-old daughter, Elie, take in the Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed exhibit at Dynamic Earth on March 5. Photo By Marg Seregelyi.

Felix Lopes and his two-year-old daughter, Elie, take in the Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed exhibit at Dynamic Earth on March 5. Photo By Marg Seregelyi.

The spotlight shines on a Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile sporting a coat of heat-regulating feathers; Sinosauropteryx, the first feathered theropod ever discovered; plus, the inside scoop on the ancestors of Triceratops. A life-size, feathered animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile and a feathered Deinonychus serve as the visual centrepiece of the exhibition, roaring and thrashing and exciting guests with their scales and feathers.

More than a dozen other fossils from China and North America are on display, including skulls, eggs, claws, vertebrae and forelimbs, plus a full-scale Gasosaurus skeleton. The exhibition also compares Protoceratops, the first of the Early Cretaceous horned-face dinosaurs found in China, to the last of the iconic North American horned-face dinosaurs, Triceratops. For younger visitors, it’s the life-size, roaring T. rex head coming out of a wall, the hands-on activities and kid’s dig site that will inspire excitement around dinosaur discoveries.

“We are excited to be bringing dinosaurs to Dynamic Earth for the first time. We know that our audiences love them ” said Mia Boiridy, director of Dynamic Earth. “Palaeontology is the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains, such as skeletons. This exhibition brings key new discoveries to the forefront, and shows guests how fossil discoveries translate into conclusions about dinosaur appearance and behaviour. New discoveries are happening every day, so it’s a fascinating time to introduce our visitors to the science of dinosaurs.”

“This interactive exhibit provides an innovative learning experience for both children and adults alike, and promises to leave its visitors with a rejuvenated fascination for the creatures that once ruled our earth,” said Mario Grossi, CEO Technica Group Inc.

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Secrets Revealed opened March 2. The special exhibition is part of Dynamic Earth’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

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