Monday, May 6, 2019

A Cretaceous Confrontation

Beyond the fossil area, the Fossil Gallery has an area set up with life sized models of dinosaurs in a standoff. Two daspletosaurus torosus carnivores face off against a herd of vagaceratops irvininesis.

Coming back into the fossil area takes us past duck billed dinosaurs.

Head crests of the duck billed dinosaurs contained airways linked to the nostrils and throat, and are thought to have been vital in producing sounds.

A comparison here of teeth between plant eaters and meat eaters is enlightening.

Here the fossils and casts look at feathered dinosaurs.

I finish with two more angles on the daspletosaurus torosus that dominates the entrance. Tomorrow I wrap up this series from my visit.


  1. It is hard to believe these creatures used to roam the earth.

  2. Incredible animals. I was fascinated by them as a child and they've not become any less impressive as I get older.

  3. Wow! You was been in the Jurassic world! LOL
    I also read the other post, gorgeous!

  4. Impressive exhibition William.

  5. I like these impressive exhibits. Scary but since they are not real, so not dangerous to go near to snap photos.

  6. This would be an exciting room for a group of elementary school children to spend the night.


  7. Our sons and grandsons all went through dinosaur phrases as children ...they would have loved this hall. Well, they probably still would, as we would, but not with the glee of children who sort of still believed!

  8. This area must really draw the kids.

  9. My youngest grandson would go crazy when he saw this, I think.

  10. Neat photos send home the scary part of dinosaurs

  11. The one thing we can never hear are their true sounds! It’s truly fascinating to see these beasts in this way, gives a true perspective of size doesn’t it. The teeth are very telling aren’t they, wow!

  12. From bones to something like their forms...minus color of course. Wouldn't it be funny if one was purple? Nah.

  13. I do so enjoy your museum visits, and the recreation of those huge creatures is amazingly well done. It is interesting to consider the sounds that they made, too. :-)

  14. I guess when dinosaurs fought it was a very intense fight but I don't think they fought that often.

  15. @Fun60: and yet they did.

    @John: that's the same for many people.

    @Italiafinlandia: that they were.

    @Ella: thank you!

    @Sami: that it is.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Nancy: it's neat to get up close.

    @Janis: it would be!

    @Sallie: I can see that.

    @Anvilcloud: it does.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Jan: no doubt!

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Laurie: they are.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @Barbara: no!

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Red: well, the carnivores had to eat too, right?

  16. Imagine meeting one of those giants whilst out for a picnic.

  17. Seeing those life sized models makes me doubly happy that they don't roam the earth any longer.

  18. I would so love to see an exhibit like that. Thanks for Posting. Tweeted.

  19. The teeth comparison is really interesting!

  20. I wonder what the world would be like today if dinosaurs had survived.

  21. Totally incredible. What a great series of photos.

  22. @Marie: that would ruin the picnic.

    @Sharon: we wouldn't be here.

    @Mari: you're welcome.

    @Jeanie: it is, yes.

    @Kay: our mammalian ancestors would have never been able to evolve beyond a certain point with dinosaurs carrying on, so we wouldn't exist.

    @Bill: thank you.

  23. I too wonder what things would be like if these creatures were still roaming around, surely a very different world than we know now.

  24. Fights between these huge creatures would have been an extraordinary sight William 😱

  25. A very nice collection of dinosaur models and skeletons. Stegosaurus roamed in the hills near me and left their petrified footprints behind

  26. Awesome 'little creatures' ~ neat photos ~

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

  27. Such a wonderful exhibition.

    All the best Jan

  28. I usually watch dinos in cartoons :-)

  29. @Beatrice: very different.

    @Happyone: they are.

    @Grace: no doubt.

    @Joanne: indeed.

    @Pat: fascinating!

  30. @Lea: I agree.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Beth: me too.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Klara: I see them in movies.