Dinosaurs from an Ancient Supercontinent
Visit our MAP partner, the Royal Ontario Museum's Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana* which features the fossils of rare dinosaurs, many who have never been seen before in Canada. [* MAP passes are not valid for this special exhibition]
What makes these dinosaurs special? Gondwana, or Gondwanaland, was once part of Pangaea, an even larger supercontinent. The separation of Gondwana from Pangaea meant that over milllions of years dinosaurs evolved differently on the two hemispheres. Dinosaurs from Gondwana developed features that are noticeably different from dinosaurs of the northern hemisphere.
Discover how diverse dinosaur species were; some had spikes on their necks, while others had sails along their backs. Find out more about giganotosaurus, carnotaurus, amargasaurus, cryolophosaurus, suchomimus, majungasaurus and ouranosaurus (and perhaps also learn how to pronounce those names)!
At the musuem, you can also see a futalognkosaurus, one of the largest animals to have ever walked the earth. This long-necked dinosaur, which lived nearly 88 million years ago, weighed as much as ten elephants and was 33.5 metres long, which is longer than the length of a basketball court!
Ever wonder what life would be like if dinosaurs still roamed the earth? As someone who is petite, I dread to think I'm sharing the earth with creatures that make elephants look dainty. Visit your local library branch and let your imagination run wild. Immerse yourself into worlds where dinosaurs are very much alive. Are they hiding from us or hiding among us in plain sight? Read on and find out!