T. rex: The Ultimate Predator will be on display at Science World from February 26, 2022, to January 22, 2023. This amazing exhibit will introduce you to the entire tyrannosaur family, revealing the unbelievable story of the world’s most iconic dinosaur through life-sized models, fossil casts, and engaging interactives. It will be one of the most interactive and up close ways to learn about these amazing predators without all the danger of Jurassic Park.
Everyone knows the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. But did you know that little T. rex hatchlings were fluffy and gangly, they actually looked more like turkeys than the massive killing machines they grew up to be. Or did you know that the T. rex evolved from a large group of dinosaurs that were, for the most part, small, and fast? Perhaps you never knew about how the mega- predator had the rare ability to pulverize and partially digest bones? In fact their jaws were so strong they could take bites of up to 550lbs?! They truly were something spectacular and this exhibit is going to be the best way to learn all about them and their family!
In this exhibition there will be a few things you will be able to engage with:
- Life-size models of a number of tyrannosaurs, including: Proceratosaurus bradleyi
- A cast fossil of a T. rex toe bone and a touchable cast of a T. rex thigh bone
- A cast of the youngest and most complete juvenile tyrannosaur fossil found to date
- A cast fossil of one of T. rex’s huge, banana-shaped teeth,
- A tabletop “Investigation Station,” where visitors can explore a variety of fossil casts ranging from coprolite (fossilized feces) to a gigantic femur, with virtual tools including a CT scanner, measuring tape, and a microscope to learn more about what such specimens can reveal to scientists about the biology and behavior of T. rex.
- A full-scale reproduction of a T. rex fossil skeleton, the subject of the exhibition’s “shadow theater,” in which the skeleton’s 40-foot shadow will “come to life” and demonstrate to visitors how the animal moved and interacted with prey and its own kind.
- A praxinoscope that animates the difference between walking and running—T. rex could only truly run when it was young.
Science World will also be encouraging their visitors to engage in investigation with imagination; and explore how the Tyrannosaurus rex may have looked and behaved over 66 million years ago. As you and your family tour the gallery, they’ll examine the T. rex in all stages of its life, from a young; furry baby, to a massive, fully grown apex predator through its 100 million years of evolution.
All the while, new technologies, ways of thinking and recent discoveries will encourage visitors to observe clues, ask questions and test new hypotheses, challenging what you thought you knew about these creatures. For example, “Was the T. rex the colour of a crocodile? Or could they have sported an attractive display of bright feathers like a bird?” There are so many amazing questions to be answered and we can’t wait to check it out first hand and provide you with our own homeschooler tips for getting the most out of your visit!
But guess what?!
We will be giving one lucky family here a chance to check out the exhibit for themselves, so make sure to enter below for your chance to take the family for a day of learning about their favorite Dinosaur predator.