A dino-mite invasion makes its Texas’ debut June 23 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
The traveling exhibition, Ultimate Dinosaurs, puts guests eye to eye with an incredible array of prehistoric dominators that thrived only in the southern hemisphere. With crazy claws and crocodile-like faces that would have intimidated a T. rex, these unique dinosaurs were funky and fierce! Presented locally by Highland Capital Management, Ultimate Dinosaurs features full-sized skeletons, plus life-sized video projections of the creatures, interactive games, augmented-reality viewers and more. Presented in English and French (with a Spanish audio guide available), the exhibition runs June 23, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, and requires a surcharge for members and non-members. Member preview days are June 21-22.
“These are not the dinosaurs you learned about in school,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “Ultimate Dinosaurs showcases a whole new group of fossil animals that were unknown to scientists 30 years ago. We’ve all heard of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus … this is your chance to take a journey to the past and learn about a fascinating group of highly unusual dinosaurs from below the equator.”
The exhibition is part of the Perot Museum’s “summer of the dinosaur,” which will bring new dinosaur-related enhancements to the Museum’s iconic escalator and the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall (details coming soon).
Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals rarely seen species from the other side of the world that evolved and thrived in South America and Africa. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex’s bigger, badder cousin), the exhibition is an enthralling introduction to dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans.
“Dinosaurs are often what spark an interest in science, and this exhibition is sure to bring that interest to life for many guests who get to experience it,” said Thomas Surgent, Highland Capital Management partner and chief compliance officer. “Highland is proud to play a role in connecting people of all ages to science in such a unique, engaging way.”
Ultimate Dinosaurs tells the story of the breakup of supercontinent Pangaea into today’s continents and the amazing diversity of dinosaurs that evolved during the Mesozoic Era (roughly 251-65 million years ago) as a result. As Pangaea divided first into Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south (and later into the seven continents of today), dinosaurs were passengers on these drifting land masses. The dinosaurs’ imposed geographic location, and sometimes isolation, helped drive their evolution into an incredible array of unusual forms that dominated ancient ecosystems wherever they lived.
Visitors can feast their eyes on 17 fully articulated dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, augmented reality to experience the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossilized dinosaur specimens, hands-on play spaces featuring miniature dinosaur dioramas and more.
Kids and adults alike will walk away knowing that Argentinosaurus was the world’s heaviest dinosaur and that the Majungasaurus was believed to be cannibalistic at times. Giganotosaurus was South America’s “king of the jungle” predator of the Late Cretaceous, and it may have been near the maximum possible size for land predators. And it turns out that Argentinosaurus and Futalognkosaurus have a Texas connection. Research by Perot Museum paleontologists Dr. Anthony Fiorillo and Dr. Ron Tykoski revealed that the Perot Museum’s own Alamosaurus is more closely related to these massive South American titanosaurs than to Asian titanosaurs, as had been previously believed.
Summer of the Dinosaur begins at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science June 23 – the completion of 2018. Don’t miss the program extension of two dino-themed sleepovers (July 13 and Aug. 31) and a prehistoric-themed adults-only Social Science (Aug. 10).
EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS:
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
The Perot Museum
General admission is $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $14 for seniors (65+).
Museum general admission is free for members.
Children under 2 are always free.
Ultimate Dinosaurs requires a surcharge of $10 for adults (13-64), $8 for youth (2-12), $9 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Member tickets are $7 for all age levels.