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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2013
COMING SOON TO THE SCIENCE MUSEUM:
Prehistoric creatures will meet new technology in this colorful, large-scale interactive exhibition, set to open on March 1, 2014
St. Paul, Minn. – The Science Museum of Minnesota announced today that Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, an exhibition featuring twenty fully-articulated dinosaur specimens from unusual locations in the Southern Hemisphere, will premiere on March 1, 2014. Saint Paul will be the exhibition's third North American stop, and only the second in the United States. Ultimate Dinosaurs is produced by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Group and school tickets go on sale today.
Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world (including former Science Museum paleontologist and current Macalester College professor Kristi Curry Rogers), Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans. The exhibition seeks to answer the question: why are southern dinosaurs so unique and bizarre, and why are they so different from their North American counterparts?
Ultimate Dinosaurs also features cutting-edge technology experiences that bring the specimens to life like never before.
"This isn't your typical dinosaur exhibit," says Mike Day, senior vice president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. "Ultimate Dinosaurs features incredible, rarely-seen specimens and colorful environments combined with new technology to layer virtual experiences over what you see in front of you, transforming them from intricately-detailed skeletons to moving, flesh-and-bones animals. It's a powerful example of how augmented reality brings history and science to life."
The exhibition tells the story of the break-up of supercontinent Pangaea into the continents that we know today and the ways that continental drift affected the evolution of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era, 250-65 million years ago. As Pangaea divided first into Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south, and later into the many continents we know today, dinosaurs were passengers on these drifting land masses.
Visitors to Ultimate Dinosaurs will discover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of this phenomenon. Dinosaurs' imposed geographic location helped promote their evolution into an incredible array of unusual forms that dominated wherever they lived.
Some of the dinosaurs featured in the exhibition include:
In addition to seeing the specimens and learning more about the adaptations that made them unique and using augmented reality technology to make them come to life, visitors can expect video games and hands-on activities that will help them explore physical characteristics like crests and frills, stride patterns, and more.
Dinosaurs Alive!, a giant screen film that follows preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us, will run in the Omnitheater beginning March 1, 2014. Dinosaurs Alive! features the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous "reincarnated" life-sized for the Omnitheater's giant screen, rounding out an unforgettable dinosaur experience for visitors of all ages.
The Science Museum of Minnesota serves hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. It is located at 120 West Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul. For specific directions, parking information, hours, show times and ticket information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.