Ultimate Dinosaurs

For a limited time at the Science Center of Iowa!

Millions of years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart, and dinosaurs became passengers on these drifting land masses. The result? Dinosaurs with unusual - and sometimes bizarre - features that are different from the ones we know and love.

Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, Ultimate Dinosaurs reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.

From the tiny Buitreraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus (T. rex's bigger, badder cousin), Ultimate Dinosaurs is a fascinating study of species you may not have met before.

See Ultimate Dinosaurs October 10, 2014, through April 12, 2015, at SCI!

Exhibition is included with SCI general admission - FREE for members!

Public, group and school tickets are on sale now!

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Seeking Dinosaur Experts – Apply by February 10!

Do you know a 10- to 14-year-old who loves dinosaurs? SCI is seeking students to participate in our Jr. Paleontologist: Sr. Edition! Each participant will attend three workshop sessions to develop an activity they can use to engage the public in dino knowledge. Then, they'll be invited to present their activity to the public!

Workshop days are:

  • Saturday, February 14, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Saturday, February 28, 10:00-11:00 am
  • Saturday, March 7, 10:00-11:00 am

To apply, fill out this application and submit to kyle.schura@sciowa.org by Sunday, February 8. If selected, there will be a fee of $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Applicants will find out if they are selected by Monday, February 9.


Meet our Jr. Paleontologists

These curious young explorers were chosen because of their enthusiasm and expertise for all things dinosaur! They have developed hands-on and engaging programming to present to SCI's visitors.

Blog: Meet SCI's Jr. Paleontologists


Prehistory meets the 21st century

In Ultimate Dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures from the other side of the world meet cutting-edge technology. 

Augmented Reality: Ultimate Dinosaurs offers a new twist with augmented reality, which layers virtual experiences over real environments. Through iPads mounted on columns - similar to periscopes - visitors can layer "virtual "skins" over dinosaur skeletons to see what they may have looked like when they were alive. 

Multi-user Interactive Game: iPad stations located throughout the exhibit give visitors the chance to digitally reassemble the continents long divided through the years. Win the game and reveal key information to understanding the effects of continental drift on dinosaur evolution.

Who are these new and exotic dinosaurs?

Ultimate Dinosaurs includes twelve fully-articulated dinosaur specimens from the Southern Hemisphere!

  1. Amargasaurus
  2. Austroraptor
  3. Buitreraptor
  4. Carnotaurus
  5. Giganotosaurus
  6. Majungasaurus
  7. Malawisaurus
  8. Masiakasaurus
  9. Ouranosaurus
  10. Rapetosaurus
  11. Simosuchus
  12. Suchomimus

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