Patagotitan first visit to London
Colossal News: Walk beneath a titanosaur, the biggest creature to roam the Earth, at the Natural History Museum London.
For the first time ever in Europe, the Natural History Museum will showcase the magnificent titanosaur cast, Patagotitan mayorum – one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the Earth
Visitors will walk beneath this jaw-dropping titanosaur cast, the most complete gigantic dinosaur ever discovered while getting hands-on with many other touchable specimens
Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur will open in South Kensington on Friday 31 March 2023. Tickets can be booked online now.
Four times heavier than Dippy the Diplodocus, 12 metres longer than Hope the blue whale and making its European debut, prepare to meet titanosaur and learn all about life as the biggest dinosaur. Patagotitan mayorum, the most complete gigantic dinosaur ever discovered, will be showcased at the Natural History Museum from next Spring.
A showstopper exhibition that needs to be seen to be believed, barely fitting inside the enormous 9-metre-high Waterhouse gallery, the sheer scale of this prehistoric beast is enough to dwarf even the tallest of humans.
Visitors will weave their way around the gallery handling specimens, exploring interactives and learning how a creature of this colossal size could have survived, and thrived, on Earth. See how you size up next to a titanosaur femur bone, look between the eyes of a gigantic sauropod skull, and get close enough to smell dinosaur poo!
Surrounded by beautiful artistic illustrations depicting flora and fauna of the Cretaceous Period, visitors will track the life of a titanosaur – from the football-sized egg plucked from its nest to evidence of a fearsome predator that took a bite out of its tail – before considering what gigantic animals exist on Earth today, and how we can better protect them throughout the planetary emergency.
Prof. Paul Barrett, science lead on the exhibition says, ‘Patagotitan mayorum is an incredible specimen that tells us more about giant titanosaurs than ever before. Comparable in weight to more than nine African elephants, this star specimen will inspire visitors to care for some of the planet's largest and most vulnerable creatures, which face similar challenges for survival, and show that within Earth’s ecosystems, size really does matter.’
Dr Alex Burch, Director of Public Programmes at the Museum says, ‘We are so excited that Patagotitan, the most complete giant dinosaur ever discovered, is making its European debut here at the Natural History Museum, the home of the dinosaur. Our fascination with dinosaurs provides the ideal opportunity to inspire and inform the next generation about the natural world, and empower them to act for the planet.’
The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.
It is the custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers from all over the world both in person and via over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency from biodiversity loss to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.
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