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Largest-known land animal to feature in massive new dino exhibition

Arts & Entertainment, Attractions

Even the littlest dino-enthusiast can tell you that just like people, dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes. However, it’s always the biggest of the beasts that people remember.

In our house, the little kids enjoy Dino Ranch and Dinosaur Train, while the bigger kids are all for Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises. Why? Tyrannosaurus rex, of course! However, Queensland Museum’s upcoming Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibition reveals T-rex was nowhere near the largest creature to roam the Earth.

On display will be the colossal Patagotitan, which was discovered in 2008. The dinosaur is believed to be the largest-known land animal, reaching 37 metres in length and weighing in at 70 tonnes!

Dinosaurs of Patagonia: From South America to south-east Queensland

The exhibition of fossils from South America will run from Friday, March 17 to Monday, October 2, 2023. Dinosaurs of Patagonia will feature 13 dino species, including the behemoth Patagotitan.

Also of sizeable mention is the 6-tonne Tyrannotitan. It’s considered on of the most ferocious predators of the Cretaceous period.

Dinosaurs of Patagonia

“The sheer size of the dinosaur skeletons in Dinosaurs of Patagonia is something you truly have to see for yourself to get an understanding of these massive, majestic creatures that once roamed the Earth,” Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson says.

“Dinosaurs have always been hugely popular at the museum. This incredible exhibition brings together original dinosaur fossils dating back millions of years, full-scale casts of dinosaurs, and new discoveries.”

It’s not just the giant creatures Dinosaurs of Patagonia will look at. It will also showcase the Manidens condorensis, a small herbivore measuring just 75 centimetres tall and one of the smallest dinosaurs known to-date.

In all, the exhibition focuses on creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. It means these creatures would have walked the land between 252 million and 66 million years ago!

Dinosaurs of Patagonia

A dino-mite exhibition

Dinosaurs of Patagonia comes to Queensland after a run in Western Australia. The exhibition also features 16 skeleton casts, 3D animations, and video of dinosaurs and digs. You have the opportunity to look on as though you’re a palaeontologist yourself. You’ll get up-close to some of the world’s most remarkable fossils, including a real 2.4m Patagotitan femur.

Queensland Museum, located on the corner of Grey and Melbourne streets, South Bank, will display Dinosaurs of Patagonia from Friday, March 17, 2023 to Monday, October 2, 2023. Visit the website for more information and to join the waitlist for tickets.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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