Di­nosaurs are tak­ing over at Te Manawa

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY! -

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.

For the school hol­i­day pro­gramme, up­com­ing events and a grow­ing num­ber of di­nosaur-re­lated ar­ti­cles, visit www.te­m­anawa.co.nz, and make sure to like us on Face­book.

A di­nosaur in­vades The Square.

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