REASON 9 TO VISIT #ULTIMATEDINOS: OUR CHANGING WORLD!
One of the most underrated values of palaeontology is the story it tells of our always changing world. Palaeontology teaches us incredible lessons about geography, climate change, and maybe most interestingly, evolution.
Dinosaur palaeontology tells the incredibly story of how evolution took very different paths in the north (Laurasia) and the south (Gondwana). Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana tells us the tale of the south where, compared to the north, dinosaurs took on new, and bizarre shapes, and brought forth all new types defensive and offensive weapons.
Many of the world largest animals EVER like the titanosaurs (Futalongkosaurus), and carcharodontosauridae (Giganotosaurus), evolved in the south. However, familiar northern animals like ceratopsians, hadrosaurus and raptors took on small niches compared to the abundance of their species found in the North.
- The 4 maps used show the incredibly transformation of the world from the Triassic, 220 million years ago, to the great extinction at the end of Cretaceous, 65 million years ago.
- These awesome maps were created by Ron Blakey, NAU Geology.
- Check ‘em all out here.
But you don’t have to just read about it! We have a set of very special podcasts available free on iTunesU. Our course outline is as follows:
- Dynamic Planet
Learn how continental drift and plate tectonics helped form Pangaea.
- Dinosaur Classification
Find out how to identify dinosaurs and examine the families scientists use to identify these ancient creatures.
- The Triassic Period
The first dinosaurs evolved amidst stiff competition for survival. Discover their story.
- The Jurassic Period
Uncover the second wave of dinosaurs who came to dominate life on land.
- The Cretaceous Period
The final stage of the Age of Dinosaurs saw amazing dinosaur diversity as the southern continents drifted apart.
- The Ultimate Dinosaurs
Meet our “featured creatures”, Giganotosaurus and Futalognkosaurus, and compare the dinosaurs of the north and south.
You can download the podcasts HERE from the iTunes store. Remember, they’re FREE. Because free content and education is always the best.
I encourage you all to check this out. It’s written and read by one of our science educators at the ROM, Aaron Phillips, who’s really a true dude, and loves dinosaurs as much as all of us do.
It’s really fun to listen to as you walk through the exhibit, and it adds a whole new layer to the gallery experience. Also just as awesome on public transit.
Have you visited? What’s your favourite part of #ultimatedinos?
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