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Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family at Scienceworks

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Between 23 May and 4 October 2015, Scienceworks museum will host an interactive discovery that explores the tyrannosaurs family, with an exhibition mixing recent scientific findings with state of the art technology.

Most of you will be familiar with the most famed carnivorous critter of the pre-historics; the Tyrannosaurs Rex, but did you know that while the T.Rex happened to be the first tyrannosaurs unearthed, recent findings have discovered an entire family of the flesh-eating predators that once roamed the earth.

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibits an array of fossils and casts of tyrannosaur specimens, alongside over 10 life-sized dinosaur skeletons, including ‘Scotty’ the Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Guanlong wucaii; a recent find and one of the oldest dinosaurs in the tyrannosaur family.

Credit James Morgan
Credit James Morgan

Only in recent years have Chinese paleontologists, led by Xing Xu, made the discovery of the Guanlong wucaii in Northwest China; a small feather-covered tyrannosaurus that stomped the earth some 90 million years before its ancestors. This significant scientific discovery further cements the theory that some dinosaurs survived and continued to evolve into the modern birds that we see today.

This is an incredibly exciting time for the people of Melbourne and visiting tourists, as Scienceworks will be the first museum to highlight such findings, bringing forth the revised tyrannosaur family tree.

Credit James Morgan
Credit James Morgan

In another exhibition first, the tyrannosaur family will come to life within the museum gallery, which will allow children to interact and play with the dinosaurs through a live video feed.

Other exhibits include large mesmerising projections of dinosaurs running through the streets of Melbourne, with lots of touch screens for you and your children to learn more about what made the tyrannosaur the top predator of its day, and find out whether there are any tyrannosaurs found today.

To coincide with the exhibition, Scienceworks will host an exciting array of public programs for families to enjoy, including a dino-themed winter school holiday program, Family Science Nights with after-hours exhibition viewing and Meet the Expert talks. More information can be found on Museum Victoria's website.

What: Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family
Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, VIC
When: Daily, 10:00am – 4:30pm, Saturday 23 May – Sunday 4 October
Entry costs: Adult $22 | Child $8 | Concession $9 | General entry to Scienceworks included
Book: Phone 13 11 02 or book online

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