World’s Largest Dinosaurs Museum Exhibit Opens in New YorkApr 17th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Science and Nature
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit opened this Saturday at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The exhibit lets visitors get at close-up view of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth, and even look inside the bodies of these extinct giants.
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs shines a spotlight on the sauropods, the long-necked, long-tailed dinosaurs like Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) that dominated the Jurassic Period. Sauropods ranged in length from 15 to 150 feet, up to half a football field. The largest may have been as tall as 60 feet, over three times as tall as a giraffe, and weighed up to 240 tons, approximately the weight of 30 elephants.
How did these creatures get so large? How did they manage to move, eat, or even breathe? The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit tries to shed light on these questions with interactive displays.
The showcase of the exhibit is a life-sized model of a female sauropod from prehistoric China, the Mamenchisaurus. Mamenchisaurus stood 11 feet tall and had a neck half as long as its 60-foot body, about the size of a tractor trailer. One side of the life-sized model shows the creature’s skin texture. The other side uses video projections and interactive features to provide a look inside the dinosaur’s body. For instance, a pump linked to a computer-generated dinosaur allows viewers to see how much blood pressure was needed to pump blood up the dinosaur’s long neck and down its huge tail. Visitors can learn about the dinosaur’s lungs, heart, digestive system, and reproductive system.
The exhibit also includes fossils from the Museum’s world-class collection. The end of the exhibit simulates an excavation to show visitors how dinosaurs are discovered in field digs.
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit will remain open through January 2, 2012.
The American Museum of Natural History is located in New York City on Central Park West at 79th Street. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. General admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 2-12, $12 for seniors and students, and free for members. For more information, visit http://www.amnh.org/.