Curated by the Royal Ontario Museum, “Ultimate Dinosaurs” is an up-to-date exhibition that focuses on dinosaur specimens excavated in the Southern Hemisphere; South America, Africa, and Madagascar, many of which are quite different from the geographically separated Northern Hemisphere tyrannosaurs and ceratopsians we tend to be familiar with.
This is a heavily interactive exhibit, with lots of computer graphic augmentations, including VR “cameras” you can point at the skeletons on display and view reconstructions of how the fully fleshed saurians might have looked.
The show includes fifteen fully articulated and very impressive casts of dinosaur skeletons, prepared from some of the most complete fossils ever discovered. Included is the Giganotosaurus, the south’s equivalent of the Tyrannosaurus, but sporting large functional hand-claws in addition to its mouthful of slashing teeth. Also included is a single vertebra from the spine of a Titanosaurus, which currently holds the record for largest land animal ever. The vertebra is easily five feet tall, bigger than most dinosaurs’ skulls.
Other specimens include Amargasaurus, distinctive for its large neck spines that measured up to 1.6 feet long, giving the animal a long frill along the length of its body; Cryolophosaurus, the first dinosaur named from Antarctica, Majungasaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur that lived in Madagascar, and the tongue-tangling Futalognksaurus, a giant long-necked sauropod (shown in computer video, as it would be too large to fit in the building--).
The exhibition also includes a number of video displays depicting the geological changes due to continental drift and glaciations from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day, and projecting into the future.
This was a really fascinating exhibit and well worth seeing if you are interested in dinosaurs at all. It is running through early May,
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