Dinosaurs wander into the city

Life-size dinosaurs at the SA Museum will be both an education and fun for children and the public until 6 May 2018.

The latest touring exhibition at the Museum, called ‘Dinosaur rEvolution,’ is an impressive, interactive display which will challenge people’s perceptions of dinosaurs.

For example, it will help to explain some of the interesting aspects of reptile evolution, including how dinosaurs became birds, says SA Museum and Flinders University palaeontology researcher Professor Mike Lee.

When Earth was struck by an asteroid about 66 million years ago, it didn’t mean the end of the dinosaur reign in total. Research has shown that when conditions became unbearable for the giant animals, the smaller dinosaurs evolved to survive by taking to the air.

Exceptionally well preserved fossils found in China have shown for the first time that feathers and quills were present in dinosaur skin. Birds became the last branch in the dinosaur family tree and are still living today.

“The Gondwana Studios exhibition is not just about bones and fossils,” says Matthew Flinders Fellow Professor Lee.

“It brings these incredible creatures to life through animatronics, 3D models, life-sized murals and fossil casts that visitors can actually touch.”

The South Australian Museum’s four research groups maintain a strong track record in biological sciences, mineral sciences, humanities and palaeontology.

The Museum is a strong partner, with strategic relationships across the resources sector as well as with state and federal governments, caring for a wealth of treasures with national and international significance – from fossils of the first known life on Earth to piece of Martian meteorites.

Dinosaur rEvolution will be open from 10am to 5pm daily at the South Australian Museum until 6 May.

Admission – Adult $15, concession $12, children aged 3-15* $5, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $35
*must be accompanied by paying adult

Children under three years old and SA Museum members free. Purchase tickets from the Museum Shop.

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