Old bones, new ideas: Tour Royal B.C. Museum's latest exhibit
New ideas about ancient dinosaurs are on display at the Royal B.C. Museum, breathing life into our imaginings of how these extinct creatures moved and lived.
Opening Thursday, the exhibit from the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York offers more than just peeks at re-assembled skeletons.
It also has footprints, various fossils and computer-generated visions of moving dinosaurs.
Of notable importance is a steel and aluminum reconstruction of a long-necked dinosaur’s skeleton. It’s a good demonstration of how paleontologists, using biomechanics, have inferred some dramatic new ideas about dinosaur posture and movement.
But for U.S. paleontologist Matt Smith, travelling with the exhibit, the real eye-pleaser is the reconstructed, prehistoric forest. Complete with plants and creatures, many with fur and feathers, it’s a wrap-around window into prehistory.
“It’s really beautiful, the model, the lighting,” said Smith. “And with the soundtrack it is a really immersive experience.”