Royal Ontario Museum opens Ultimate Dinosaurs. Giants from Gondwana

Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, the exhibition, Ultimate Dinosaurs. Giants from Gondwana, at the Royal Ontario Museum, reveals strange-looking dinosaurs unfamiliar to North Americans that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar. Ultimate Dinosaurs features cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) experiences, used in creative ways to bring these specimens to life as never before. The ROM is the first Museum in Canada to use AR on this scale. Other innovative technologies are used in the exhibition to illustrate the story of how a dynamic Earth with drifting continents affected the evolution of dinosaurs, from a Southern perspective.

Ultimate Dinosaurs. Giants from Gondwana ©Royal Ontario Museum

Ultimate Dinosaurs. Giants from Gondwana, tells the story of the break-up of Pangaea into the continents that we know today and how that affected the evolution of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic, 250 – 65 million years ago. When dinosaurs first appeared around 240 million years ago, the Earth was assembled into the giant supercontinent Pangaea. As Pangaea divided first into Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south, and later into the many continents of today, dinosaurs were passengers on these drifting land masses. As a result, an amazing diversity of species evolved. Their imposed geographic isolation helped promote their evolution into an incredible array of unusual forms that dominated wherever they lived.

Surrounded by stunning life-like environmental murals immersing visitors in the land of the dinosaurs, the exhibition features real fossils, skeletons, and 17 full-scale skeletal casts, many of which have never been seen before in Canada.

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