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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Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast characteristics of plants and animals.
Compare and contrast characteristics among individuals within one plant or animal group.
Compare and contrast characteristics and behaviors of plants and animals and the environments where they live.
Compare and contrast the characteristics of offspring and parents.
Compare and contrast characteristics of fossils and living organisms.
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Describe and compare the properties and composition of the layers of Earth.
Explain how genetics and anatomical characteristics are used to classify organisms and infer evolutionary relationships.
Interaction and Change:
Examine the different ways things move.
Describe life cycles of living things.
Describe the interactions of organisms and the environment where they live.
Compare and contrast the changes in the surface of Earth that are due to slow and rapid processes.
Explain how individual organisms and populations in an ecosystem interact and how changes in populations are related to resources.
Explain how landforms change over time at various rates in terms of constructive and destructive forces.
Explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Describe evidence for evolution.
Describe the processes of Earth’s geosphere and the resulting major geological events.
Analyze evidence for geologic, climatic, environmental, and life form changes over time.
Explore questions about living and non-living things and events in the natural world.
Make observations about the natural world.
Identify and use tools to make careful observations and answer questions about the natural world.
Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.
Based on observations and science principles, identify questions that can be tested, design an experiment or investigation, and identify appropriate tools. Collect and record multiple observations while conducting investigations or experiments to test a scientific question or hypothesis.
Evaluate the validity of scientific explanations and conclusions based on the amount and quality of the evidence cited.
Explain how scientific explanations and theories evolve as new information becomes available.