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See the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the earth
Brisbaneites be careful... be very, very careful. Sixty-five million years after their extinction it's dinosaur season in Brisbane as these ancient colussuses invade our city. But this time it's all in the name of fun, with a healthy dose of education thrown in.
Large and leathery, predatory and powerful, beaked and barbed, sharp toothed and scary, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes have that fascination factor that appeals to the child in all of us. They'll be taking over Queensland Museum from 27 March to 6 October in one of the museum's most anticipated exhibitions ever, Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous.
This is the exhibition that had smaller members of the audience entranced, terrified and entertained in equal parts at its premiere at the Western Australian Museum in 2014. More than 20 life-sized, animated dinosaurs will breathe, blink, move and roar and it won't just be the dinosaurs that will be open-mouthed. Visitors will be taken back in time to a lost world some 145 to 66 million years ago when dinosaurs were the top of the food chain.
[ADVERT]The exhibition combines the latest in the science of paleontology with 21st century robotics, and was developed by the WA Museum in partnership with Goldie Marketing. Chinese animatronic experts took more than eight months to manufacture these incredible creatures, using clay models, 3D drawings, steel frames, foam and motors. Brisbane has the honour of being the first cab off the rank for the exhibition's world tour.
If they dare visitors will be able to get up close and personal with a host of scary favourites such as a spinosaurus, a velociraptor and 12m high T-Rex. Some of the lesser-known Australian dinosaurs will also be introduced including the herbivorous, wide-eyed Leaellynasaura and the Muttaburrasaurus. The skeletal remains of many of these dinosaurs have been discovered right here in in Queensland and have informed much of the knowledge we have about these cretaceous creatures.
My personal favourite is the Australovenator Wintonensis. Contrary to the mental picture invoked by this name (I can't help but imagine a kind of dinosaur Elvis, complete with gold chains and swivelling hips... "a hunk, a hunk of burning love") the Australovenator was a fierce carnivorous predator; the Australian equivalent of the velociraptor.
One of the special features of Dinosaur Discovery is the Dinosaur Discovery App which has unique 3D content that will really allow you to bring these amazing creatures to life. Read all about it and download it from the iTunes store here or Google Play here.
You can also purchase a Season Pass that will enable you to visit the dinosaurs as many times as you like during the exhibition. Prices for Season Passes are:
Child: $24 (3-15 Years)
Family: $90 (2 Adult 4 Child).
Umm, I'm pretty sure that the old Steg' an 'Rex models were moved from the forecourt of the Qld Museum about 30 years ago. Maybe someone could correct the map, so that people don't seek the dino display in Herston.... :-/