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The secret of survival

HORNS, spikes, quills and feathers – the secret is in the skin.

This summer, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will be transformed into a new exhibition exploring the ancient world of the dinosaurs and their descendants with animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts that visitors can touch.

The new touring exhibition from Tasmanian company Gondwana Studios – titled ‘Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets to Survival’ – is now open and will run until Sunday 5 May 2019.

The all ages exhibition explores the science behind recent fossil finds, providing an insight into the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of dinosauria.

Visitors will have the chance the meet armoured giants, clawed enigmas and the old favourite, a Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as learn more about the evolutionary link between one group of dinosaurs and modern birds.

TMAG director Janet Carding said Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival was an “exciting new way to think about dinosaurs.”

She said it was sure to captivate audiences.

“Dinosaurs are a universal favourite among visitors of all ages,” she said.

“This exhibition really breaks down the mould by drawing on the latest research to change the way we see dinosaurs, particularly in terms of how they looked and acted.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer this experience at TMAG and we anticipate it will be a huge drawcard over the summer.”

The exhibition is presented by TMAG in partnership with the Royal Society of Tasmania (TRST).

TRST president Ross Large, who is a Distinguished Professor of Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania, said the exhibition was the centre piece of TRST’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

“Our mission is the advancement of knowledge and this exhibition is at the cutting edge in the scientific knowledge of dinosaur evolution,” he said.

“T-Rex with feathers is enough to blow anyone’s mind.”

Not long ago, our knowledge of dinosaurs was based on the assumptions made from their internal body structure – bones and possible muscle and tendon attachments were what scientists used mostly for reconstructing their anatomy.

The exhibition will unveil the history behind the spikes, quill and features of the dinosaurs, with some species using them as insulation and others as defensive or offensive items, or simply ornamentation.

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival is on show in Argyle Galleries 1-4 at TMAG until 5 May 2019.

Tickets can be purchased online via the TMAG website, in person at the Theatre Royal box office located in the Link Foyer at TMAG or over the phone on 6146 3300.

Alongside the exhibition will be an extensive public program of events, talks and educational programs beginning in December and continuing throughout summer.

For more information, visit www.tmag.tas.gov.au/dinosaur.

Caption: A T-Rex with feathers will be on display in a new exhibition at TMAG. Photo credit: Museum of Tropical Queensland.