Focusing on a fascinating group of dinosaurs, the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, this exhibition draws on paleo-biological research that looks to living organisms in order to make inferences about how these giants were able to thrive for approximately 140 million years.
This unique grouping of species were the largest dinosaurs of their era, measuring over 150 feet tall in some instances. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes viewers inside these gigantic reptiles, from their digestion to their brain size and beating heart. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the life-sized, detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus.
- Meet Mamenchisaurus. Standing 11 feet tall at the shoulders and measuring 60 feet long—approximately the size of a tractor-trailer—the centerpiece of this exhibition is a life-sized, fleshed-out model of an 18-year-old female Mamenchisaurus. Though not the largest sauropod, Mamenchisaurus is known for its remarkable 30-foot-long neck, which accounts for fully half of its body size.
- To provide perspective, a 15-foot-tall replica of a Supersaurus hind leg is displayed among models, specimens and bones of living animals such as a hummingbird, dwarf gecko, African elephant and human.
- Put on goggles and start digging: a sample dig pit, inspired by Howe Quarry in Wyoming—a famous excavation site where over 4,000 sauropod fossils were found by American Museum of Natural History paleontologists—allows visitors to unearth and examine “fossils”. Measuring 11 by 15-feet, the fully-interactive dig pit features sauropod femurs, fibulas, and more for children and adult visitors of all ages to find.
The exhibition is curated by Mark Norell, Division Chair and Macaulay Curator of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology.
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogota, Columbia. SCI will host the exhibition October 15, 2022 through April 16, 2023.