Tyrannosaurs. The National Museum of Scotland.

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The National Museum of Scotland is the only place in Europe to see "Tyrannosaurs", the world-leading exhibition.

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National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Contact details

Tel: 0300 123 6789

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Open 23 Jan - 4 May

Tyrannosaurs, at The National Museum of Scotland will be the only outing in Europe for the exhibition created by the Australian Museum and toured internationally by Flying Fish. It has already been shown in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Tyrannosaurs, (supported by players of The People’s Postcode Lottery) uses cutting-edge technology, including hands-on and multimedia experiences that will engage and excite every member of the family. There are digital screens featuring computer animated creatures and layered content, a large scale, multi-touch and multiplayer family tree gaming table and an interactive augmented reality experience where visitors can play with life-sized dinosaurs in the gallery.

The exhibition will feature rare fossil specimens and incredible models of feathered dinosaurs. There will also be cast skeletons including one of ‘Scotty’, one of the largest and most complete T. rex skeletons in the world. Scotty was discovered in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1991 and was named by the excavation crew from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum after they had made a toast to their discovery with malt whisky.

The first partial T. rex skeleton was discovered in Wyoming in 1902, and the exhibition will feature real fossil bones from one of the earliest known specimens. These real life monsters have fascinated children and adults alike for the last hundred years and more, and Tyrannosaur research remains one of the hottest areas in palaeontology. Exciting new discoveries are regularly re-drawing the family tree. The exhibition will include detail of two species discovered in China in the last decade, Dilong and Guanlong, which date to nearly 100 million years before T.rex.

While the most famous and most recognisable of the species is the mighty T. rex, tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes. Their history covers over 100 million years and includes at least 25 different species. These species lived all over the world, at different times and evolved to fill different ecological niches. The exhibition allows visitors to investigate the tyrannosaur family in detail. it explores the evolution of tyrannosaurs, revealing how natural selection and environmental change affected their transformation from carnivores little bigger than ourselves to the massive predators they became.

Despite their final demise during one of Earth’s biggest mass extinction events, tyrannosaurs live on both in popular imagination and even through their present-day bird cousins.

A family ticket (for 4) costs £29.00.


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