Dinosaur rEvolution now on

The dinosaurs’ secrets of survival are now on show for Cantabrians in a new exhibition at the Canterbury 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.

The exhibition runs until 24 October.

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