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Dinosaurs at Sapienza

09-03-2015
Departments of Earth Science and Environmental Biology
Until May 31, 2015
Sapienza Campus

The Dinosaur Exhibition promoted by the APPI Paleontological Association in collaboration with the Sapienza Museum Network will be open until May 31, 2015.

The exhibition recreates a spectacular scenario of our prehistory thanks to over 40 hyper-realistic life-size reproductions of dinosaurs and other extinct animals hosted in the Sapienza Palaeontology Museum and in the Experimental Garden of the Department of Environmental Biology. Visitors are even greeted by two of the life-sized dinosaurs – a tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus  - as they approach the Palaeontology Museum.

The exhibition includes a full range of dinosaurs - Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, Diplodocus, Paraceratherium and Tyrannosaurus and the less-known Dracorex and Ornitholestes - as well as the smaller Scipionyx, made famous by the Scrat character in the Ice Age movies. Moreover, the exhibition also features the first reproduction of a Styracosaurus, an herbivore dinosaur that was unearthed in Canada in 1913. The Ice Age section presents a woolly Mammoth and an Irish Elk, as well as more recently extinct mammals such as the famous Dodo bird. The exhibition also presents a section on the “Making of Dinosaurs.”

The Dinosaures Exhibition has fascinated hundreds of visitors thanks to the life-size dinosaurs, the innovative approach to the presentation of this “lost world” and the guided visits provided by palaeontologists. This is supplemented by special events, creative laboratories and conferences that are scheduled until the end of the exhibition (May 31).

Curated by Palaeontologists Simone Maganuco and Stefania Nosotti, the dinosaurs on show were produced by the Venetian Geomodel Company in collaboration with the Sapienza Earth Science Departments (Geology and Palaeontology, Museum of Palaeontology) and Environmental Biology. The exhibition is managed and organized by the prestigious APPI Paleontological Association.

“This exhibition aims to bring citizens in Rome and throughout the Lazio Region Questa closer to our university,” explains Geologist Gabriele Scarascia Mugnozza, Deputy Rector for Cultural Relations, “and promote scientific culture, especially amongst youth, in a fundamental sector for the evolution of life and animal species on our planet.”