Lost Creatures highlights the significant role Queensland has played in the discovery of Australian dinosaurs, ancient marine reptiles and megafauna. Dating back 250 million years, see how Queensland's former inhabitants lived and how they struggled to survive in a world that was quite different to the one we now know.
Check out some of the amazing prehistoric finds and replicas
Due to the unique way in which this exhibition has been designed, the fascinating story of Queensland's ancient past will surely captivate dino-enthusiasts. Rather than a whole bunch of static displays that are strictly for looking-only, Lost Creatures is highly interactive. Touch screen monitors allow visitors to explore many interesting aspects of prehistoric lifeforms, including diet, behaviour and the habitat in which they lived. Continue the sensory experience by touching the fossilised vertebrae of an unidentified ancient marine reptile. See numerous replicas, fossils and other precious finds including a 2-meter tall full-sized reconstruction of a Rhoetosaurus hind leg, and what is most possibly the museum's most famous resident dinosaur, the Muttaburrasaurus. Equally as well-known are the Lark Quarry dinosaur foot prints, which for the first time now come to life as computer generated projections.
Get hands-on with a real fossil
Touch screens and computer projections help tell the tale of Lark Quarry
Get a real idea of the size of these amazing creatures with 3D digital modelling. Step up next to some of our dinosaur and megafauna great and small creatures, including the oversized wombat-like Diprotodon and goanna-like Megalania. View them toe-to-toe from a human's perspective or simply watch from afar as details of these animals are revealed.
Come face-to-face with Australia's Megafauna, Marine Reptiles and Dinosaurs
But the 3D modelling wall isn't the only way to get up close and personal with creatures from the past. Visitors can literally put themselves in the picture by creating an animated digital flipbook. Thanks to the magic of green screen you can be walking with dinosaurs and keep the souvenir to take home. Simply select your chosen background before the images of your dino encounter are recorded. Charges apply for the flip book ($9.95 at time of publication).
Make your own animated digital flip book
Make it an extra special interactive adventure for kids by completing the Lost Creatures scavenger hunt. Follow the dinosaur trail marking off each item as you explore the exhibition. The activity sheet can be downloaded from the Queensland Museum website prior to visiting.
From the watery marine projections on the walls, to the low fossil touch tables, and the overhead reconstructions of these creatures, it feels as though you are immersed in an ancient world at every angle. As experts piece together more of the puzzle of Australia's past, this exhibition will surely grow, as evidenced by displays such as the recent discoveries near road works in Geebung.
Lost Creatures can be found on level 2 of the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre near the entrance to the Collector's Cafe. Museum entry and entry to this exhibition are free. Costs apply for the digital flip book and other Lost Creatures merchandise available from the Queensland Museum shop.