The story of the connection between dinosaurs and modern day birds unfolds through this stunning display of feathered animatronic dinosaurs and an historically significant collection of feathered fossils.
Guests will see fossil evidence that led scientists to believe that dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds, not reptiles as previously thought. A Sinosauropteryx fossil is showcased at the exhibition and represents the beginning of the feathered dinosaur story. Paleontologists have discovered that feathers first served as a means of warmth or display for some dinosaur species and later evolved to the extent that flight was possible.
Five feathered animatronic dinosaurs and one animatronic primitive bird, Confuciusornis, offer a visual representation of feathered dinosaurs. For many the feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile will be the most striking dinosaur at the exhibition. Long considered a quintessential reptilian dinosaur in appearance, scientists now believe the predator may have been covered in downy protofeathers from the time of its hatching through adolescence.
Other guests may find the awesome size of the Gigantoraptor to be the biggest surprise, especially when they realize that this creature had not reached full adult size before its untimely death, and is still one of the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found. Vicious hunters Velociraptor and Microraptor are also featured at the exhibition in feathered form.
With dinosaur species from around the world on display throughout the exhibition, guests will have an opportunity to compare and contrast similar dinosaurs from different continents. Allosaurus from North America roars to life next to the bare bones skeleton of the similar Asian theropod Yangchuanosaurus, and Stegosaurus thunders alongside a Tuojiangosaurus skeleton. Three complete skeletons are found at the exhibition.
All of the 15 animatronic dinosaurs are set amongst a naturalistic indoor landscape against scenic backdrops. The Dinosaurs Unearthed experience also features a comprehensive display of fossils, including an Allosaurus skull, Spinosaurus and Mosasaur teeth, Oviraptor egg and Triceratops horns, and feathered fossils including Microraptor and the primitive bird Longipteryx.
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