The World's Largest Dinosaurs Have Arrived in NYC
The American Museum of Natural History, AMNH, in New York City has added a new Dinosaur exhibit to its already world's largest vertebrate fossil collection. The World's Largest Dinosaurs, a major new exhibition, will be on display from April 16, 2011 through January 2, 2012.
The sauropods now take top billing (you won't find a tyrannosaurus here). Sauropods are a uniquely super-sized dinosaur with extremely long necks and tails, some of which grew to be longer than 150 feet. The World's Largest Dinosaurs goes beyond the bones and looks at the biology of these giants.
The exhibition is divided into many sections and has something for everyone. It can be educational and fun for scholars and families alike. These are the different content areas of the AMNH's The World's Largest Dinosaurs:
1. Introduction - The enormous head of an Argentinosaurus, the world's largest sauropod.
2. Size - The biological effect of size in animals.
3. Meet Manenchisaurus - The centerpiece of the exhibition, a life-size model of an 18 year old female sauropod (not one of the biggest). It has a 30 foot neck, which is nearly half its body size. A video is projected on the sauropod's body for visitors to learn more about it.
4. Eat - What did sauropods eat?
5. React - The brain size of the sauropod.
6. Reach - The biomechanics and adaptive advantages of their long yet light-weight neck.
7. How Big - The diversity in size of the large group of sauropods.
8. Babies - Hatchlings weighed less than 11 pounds at birth, but within three decades could weigh 10,000 times more.
9. Skin - Fossilized skin impressions are the only record of what a sauropod's skin may have looked like, yet a great deal has been learned from this.Continued on the next page