Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hello, Beastie

The Fossil Gallery in the Museum of Nature is always a busy spot, especially so on Canada Day. The collection includes a wide range of dinosaurs over time, examining their place in the history of the world, as well as that which came after their age came to an end.

A diorama area is set up further back, with a scene of predators and prey locked in an eternal stand off. 

Passing on, I took note of this stained glass window above a doorway that serves as an emergency exit.

When the age of dinosaurs ended 65 million years ago with the collision of the asteroid that hit in the Yucatan region, mammals had a chance to thrive. This display, featuring a replicated dinosaur skull, also has several rodents called mesodema thompsoni scurrying around on it. These animals, among those called multituberculates, were highly successful in surviving the extinction event.

This is a cast replica- the lightness gives it away. This was the carnotaurus, which was known to inhabit South America during the late Cretaceous.

I finish with this pair of shots. Tomorrow we move onto another museum. I should get back to this one before their temporary exhibit on the brain comes to an end.


  1. Our ROM has a good collection of those beasties as well.

  2. Wonderful but where are the Scotty beasties ?
    We know they roamed over the land and ran in herds called Tartans.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. A wonderful display of beasties!

  4. ...amazing beasties, thanks for sharing! 😀

  5. i've always been a fan of dinos ... awesome!! ( ;

  6. It's really impressive. It gives one a great perspective.

  7. I would love to take my grandchildren there!

  8. this is amazing!! I'm so glad we don't have these creatures roaming around today!

  9. @Catarina: it's been several years since I've been at the ROM- I hate the crystal addition, but the fossils there are splendid.

    @Parsnip: oh boy!

    @Bill: I certainly think so.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Nancy: indeed!

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @Beth: they were incredible animals.

    @Jennifer: it does, yes.

    @Marie: they'd enjoy it.

    @Laurie: we wouldn't exist if they were still here.

  10. I just watched the Star Trek: Voyager where they meet Sauropods in space who traveled from Earth during dinosaur times and wound up in the Delta quardrant. :-)

  11. These are beautifully displayed. Nice captures!

  12. Hello, love this exhibit. The stained glass window is beautiful. Enjoy your day!

  13. I've always been interested in dinosaurs but have never studied enough to really understand their world.

  14. I bet this area is very popular with the kids.

  15. As Sharon mentioned I can see the kids ooohing and aaaahing a lot through this exhibition William, what child doesn't love dinosaurs, both girls and boys 😀

  16. @Sandi: I remember that one. That was pretty out there!

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Eileen: I can't remember having had noticed that stained glass before. I'm not sure if there's something beyond that door in terms of an alcove space, or if it leads directly outside, but if you open it, the alarms will start going off.

    @Red: a few days back I saw a PBS documentary on the asteroid impact, so it's quite fresh in my mind. Dinosaurs have always fascinated me.

    @Sharon: and grown ups too!

    @Grace: I was lucky to get the shots in that I did- I've seen this area even more packed before.

    @Maywyn: but fascinating!

  17. I will never not be fascinated with dinosaurs, my son has also picked up the fascination and loves to learn about them. His favourite car game is 'which would win in a fight Dino A vs Dino B" lol.

  18. This is a great exhibit, very enjoyable, thank you William.

  19. This always seems to be the most popular part of every museum!

  20. Great specimens and captures of them. Yes, they arouse many deep feeling in us

  21. I always have been fascinated with dinosaurs since I was young. Nice displays!

  22. @Jenn: dinosaurs certainly appeal to all ages!

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: that's true!

    @Cloudia: of course we wouldn't like being tossed back into the Cretaceous.

    @Bill: they handle the displays here very well indeed.

  23. Dinosaurs are interesting to me. When we lived in Texas, we used to go see the footprints in Dinosaur State Park near Glen Rose, TX. Enjoyed your post. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

  24. These are great displays. I always enjoy a good museum.

  25. Thise dinosaurs are quite impressive even when all we are seeing are bones and recreations.

  26. What a different world that must have been. It's almost hard to imagine.

  27. Fabulous, thanks for sharing, I love dinosaur galleries:)

  28. Creative photos of the prehistoric remains ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  29. Great displays, dinosaurs are always popular.
    Nice to see the stained glass window too.

    All the best Jan

  30. My daughter'd totally love that museum!

  31. @Betty: I love this museum.

    @Michelle: so do I.

    @Beatrice: true!

    @Kay: I know.

    @Rosie: you're welcome.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: many kids do.