Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with fossilized skeletons and full size life models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.
The Permian period ended with the largest extinction Earth ever experienced, which wiped out 90% of all species on the planet. The cause of the end-Permian extinction had baffled scientists for the past 20 years but a recent discovery shed new light on the cause of this catastrophe: global warming. Find out how this familiar phenomenon, started by a huge volcanic eruption, set off a chain of events that led to the greatest extinction on Earth.
The exhibition blends art and science with a collection of new artwork which offers a glimpse back in time through the eyes of award winning paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi. View fossilised skeletons and reconstructed models of these amazing but bizarre creatures that dominated land and sea; and dig and identify fossils in the interactive dig pits throughout the exhibition.
This traveling exhibition showcases an amazing collection of fossils and models from this relatively unknown time period, from giant insects, bizarre looking sharks to strange reptiles with mammal-like characteristics. Meet the top predator of the time, the giant sabertoothed gorgonopsid Inostrancevia and find out what nearly killed them all to make way for Earth’s next rulers, the Dinosaurs.
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Past ‘Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs’ Venues
Museum Of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
Planetario Alfa, Monterrey, Mexico
Sternberg Museum, Hays, Kansas
Neville Public Museum, Greenbay, Wisconsin
Gulf Coast Explorium, Mobile, Alabama
Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada
Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas
Sam Noble Natural History Museum, Norman, Oklahoma
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Pennsylvania National
National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Imaginarium Science Centre, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Newcastle Museum, Newcastle, Australia
South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Waikato Museums, Hamilton, New Zealand
Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand
Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Horniman Museum, London, England
Geomuseum, Faxe, Denmark
Naturama, Svendborg, Denmark