Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina

One of the most important scientific exhibitions on the evolution of the dinosaurs, with unique finds all coming from such a paleontologically rich territory as Argentina

The exhibition traces the entire evolutionary journey of the dinosaurs from their origins right up to extinction: 150 million years of natural history chronicled through exhibits and extremely accurate copies from Argentina, one of the richest and most important areas of the world for the study of dinosaurs. No other country can boast such a wealth of specimens belonging to the three periods of the Mesozoic era.

Original finds are presented from the scientific collections of some of the most prestigious Argentinian museums, along with reproductions obtained by means of highly sophisticated techniques starting from the fossilised remains, scientifically significant unique items reconstructed by palaeontologists who have played an active part in staging the exhibition.
The exhibition maps out the entire evolution of the dinosaurs through a chronological itinerary starting with the Triassic period which has left important evidence in the rocks of the Ischigualasto Natural Park, from where the five most ancient dinosaurs currently known come, among them the Eoraptor lunensis on display in the exhibition.

The Jurassic period comes next, during which time there was an increase in the variety of forms, with the development of large predators and the first feather-covered dinosaurs, that may have been able to fly.

The exhibition concludes with the Cretaceous period which, as well as the birth and diffusion of flowering plants, saw the greatest level of biodiversity among the dinosaurs. This is the period when giants walked upon the earth, some of which are represented by life-size reconstructions: the world’s largest herbivore, Argentinosaurus huinculensis that could reach up to 38 metres in length, and the largest terrestrial carnivore currently known, Giganotosaurus carolinii, 13 metres long and weighing 10 tons, whose size surpassed that of the more famous Tyrannosaurus rex.

This is also the period in which the many eggs originated that were discovered at the extraordinary Auca Mahuevo site in the Neuquén province, where the first original embryo of a giant herbivore dinosaur was also found, accompanied in the exhibition by a virtual representation of its evolution in the egg.

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