Dinosaurs are taking over at Te Manawa
Bursting from the pages of prehistory, Dinosaur Encounter has finally arrived, its iconic beasts creating a mighty spectacle within the MacDiarmid gallery at Te Manawa.
With the support of City Partner Fly Palmy and other local businesses, bringing them half-way around the world – for the first time – the exhibition has been possible.
Developed by the Natural History Museum in London, Dinosaur Encounter has thrilled thousands of visitors globally, and this is their first trip down under.
Tyrannosaurus Rex is head of the primordial procession.
The ‘‘king of the tyrant lizards’’ evolved a long way from its horse-sized origins to sport teeth as long as a person’s forearm and the strongest bite of any land animal.
Even their own tiny forearms – that humans are so fond of ridiculing – could lift 200kg each!
Settling in nearby is Triceratops, the only dinosaur proven to have won the occasional battle with T. Rex.
With a massive bone shield and horns that grew to one metre in length, it’s no wonder that it could get the most fearsome predator of all time to back off.
Perhaps less familiar is the Baryonyx.
While almost as big as a T. Rex, it stalked the swamps and waterways of Europe, swiping fish from the water with its huge claws.
It didn’t have the staying power of the other species in Dinosaur Encounter; poor Baryonyx went extinct about 35 million years before the Chicxulub asteroid impact brought the curtain down on the age of dinosaurs.
And there’s so much more! The school holiday programme is in full swing, packed with dinosaur-themed activities. Skeletons, static displays, 3D printers and puppets will add to the experience over Dinosaur Encounter’s five-month stay in Palmerston North.
Tickets to Dinosaur Encounter are $12 for adults, $10 concession, $6 for children under 17 and $30 for a family of two adults and two children.
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