Mike Burns and I ran into some of the old Dinamation robots puffing away at the New Mexico Museum back in 2012!
Like Jurassic Forest and Dino Dino Dreampark, the traveling exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed (at Telus World of Science in Edmonton for the summer) mostly features large animatronic dinosaurs, as well as some casts and interactive displays.
One of the main focuses of the exhibit is showcasing Chinese dinosaurs and fossils, and talking about recent research on the evolution of birds from dinosaurs. Probably one of the best parts of the exhibit is the large number of casts of feathered dinosaurs from China, including Sinosauropteryx, Caudipteryx, Microraptor, and Confuciusornis. These are still not particularly household names, so it's nice to see these on display, especially given the lack of feathers in Jurassic World's dinosaurs!
Just past the casts we have a diorama of Jehol Biota feathered dinosaurs, including (from left to right) the dromaeosaur Microraptor, the compsognathid Sinosauropteryx, the tyrannosaur Dilong, and the bird Confuciusornis. Some of the animatronics are better than others, and all are kind of weirdly oversized, but I think if there was a sign that said this was a diorama at 4x life size or something like that, that it would work pretty well.
My favourite cluster of dinosaurs was the set of Mongolian dinosaurs, including the first time I've ever seen Gigantoraptor anywhere! There's also a pretty dapper Alxasaurus in the front there.
Until next time...watch out for that Shantungosaurus as you leave!
You were much kinder in your review of this exhibit than I was. I was delighted by the up to date signs and most of the casts, but absolutely horrified by the animatronics.ReplyDelete
In some ways I was more disappointed by the casts. The Shunosaurus in particular was not particularly well sculpted - I generally don't have a problem with cast skeletons including some casts of original material, and having sculpted material to fill in the missing pieces based on what we know from related species. But that specimen looked almost 100% sculpted to me, which kind of defeats the point, in my opinion. They get points for having Shunosaurus, which is an uncommon and interesting sauropod.Delete
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