Mon­sters move in­side mu­seum for ex­hi­bi­tion

Hamilton Press - - CONVERSATIONS - KELSEY WILKIE

As a small girl ap­proaches the large crea­ture with pointy teeth, it be­gins to move.

She stops. Star­ing at a mon­ster she’d never come across be­fore - a gi­ant saber-toothed gor­gonop­sid Inos­trance­via.

The crea­ture is one of five life­sized an­i­mated mod­els that fea­ture the Waikato Mu­seum.

Per­mian Mon­sters: Life Be­fore the Di­nosaurs de­tails life on Earth 290 mil­lion years ago, with mod­els and fos­sils of the ex­tra­or­di­nary crea­tures who ruled the land and sea.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which launched in New Zealand this month, was cre­ated by Gond­wana Stu­dios in Aus­tralia, and has been tour­ing Aus­tralian and United States cities since 2013.

The mas­sive mov­ing mon­sters cap­ti­vated the class from St Columba’s Catholic School on Tuesday.

The pupils, aged be­tween 7 and 9, were buzzing with ex­cite­ment as they dis­cov­ered the crea­tures who ex­plored the world be­fore

‘‘They know a lot about di­nosaurs but noth­ing about what came be­fore di­nosaurs.’’

di­nosaurs.

Day­tona Barker, 7, Eloise Careswell-King, 7, and Kam­ryn Sewell, 8, were among the stu­dents who were in­tro­duced to the top preda­tor of the time, the gi­ant saber-toothed gor­gonop­sid Inos­trance­via, as well as gi­ant in­sects, bizarre-look­ing sharks and strange rep­tile-like crea­tures with mam­mal char­ac­ter­is­tics.

The Per­mian pe­riod ended with the largest ex­tinc­tion Earth is be­lieved to have ex­pe­ri­enced, which wiped out 90 per cent of all species on the planet.

The ex­hi­bi­tion sheds light on the cause of this catas­tro­phe which turned Earth into a bi­o­log­i­cal desert.

St Columba’s school teacher Me­gan Careswell-King said the ex­hi­bi­tion fit in well with their class in­quiry con­cept this term, which was look­ing at sus­tain­abil­ity.

It dove-tailed with what they were learn­ing around the changes in the at­mos­phere and en­vi­ron­ment which cre­ated these ex­tinc­tions, she said.

The in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion was ex­cit­ing for the pupils as it showed stu­dents part of the world they new lit­tle about, she said.

‘‘They know a lot about di­nosaurs but noth­ing about what came be­fore di­nosaurs.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 13.

Day­tona Barker, 7, Eloise Careswell-King, 7, and Kam­ryn Sewell, 8, learn about life be­fore di­nosaurs.

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