Wow look at me I'm being installed into the new exhibition. My friend
Dean has been working really hard to make me look good, you can see him
on the ground sorting out my tail.
Credit: Melinda Iser; Source: Museum Victoria
Rencently we installed a Quetzalcoatlus at
Museum for the upcoming Dinosaur Walk exhibition. It ‘s a huge pterosaur with a wingspan of up to 15 metres - the largest flying creature of all time and existed the very end of the Cretaceous period. Being such a large animal it was suprisingly light and probably weighed no more than 100 kilograms.
Pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but they lived alongside them during the Mesozoic era.
Credit: Rodney Start, Source: Melbourne Museum
I'm currently getting a new 'look', all my bones have been individually cleaned and freshed up to make me look good for the new exhibition. I'll be standing on my hind legs like the picture below.
I've also added a picture of ramp (second image) that is being built, I'm going to be exhibited down the end near Diprotodon, he's the fellow you can see right at the end of the ramp.
Not long now only one month to go before I'm back on show and you can come and visit me again.
Artist: Kym Haines, Source: Museum Victoria / Credit: Kate Phillips, Source: Museum Victoria
Above: Trilobites, fossil ferns and Diprotodon - all a bit older than me. (Source: Museum Victoria)
Time is an odd sort of thing – I’m always losing it, but you can never get it back. For example, one year ago, my son wasn’t even born. Ten years ago, I was still at University. A thousand years ago, Vikings were doing their thing in
Europe . A million years ago, ancestral humans hadn’t even formed recognisable civilisations. But 600 million years? It almost goes without saying, but that’s a very long time ago. As you can probably guess, quite a bit has changed on our planet in that time.
One of the challenges we’re facing with our new exhibitions in the Science and Life Gallery redevelopment is to make this sort of timescale comprehensible – the amount of time is so big that it is hard to wrap your head around. The first of the four exhibitions to open will be Dinosaur Walk, displaying dinosaur skeletons and others, aims to summarise the last 253 million years of land vertebrate evolution, starting just before the age of the dinosaurs, passing through the Mesozoic where dinosaurs, flying and marine reptiles ruled their domains, through to their extinction and the eventual rise (and demise) of the megafauna.
So how do you fit something as mind-bogglingly vast as hundreds of millions of years into an exhibition space less than 50 metres long at
Museum ? The answers to that are, with careful selection of display objects, some very clever (and patient) exhibition designers and an equally talented exhibition team!
And consider this - if you think that 253 million years sounds like a long time, the exhibition opening 12 months after Dinosaur Walk will go back in time more than twice as far, right back to the emergence of complex life on earth, around 600 million years ago. That exhibition will also include the stories of life underwater as well as on land, and the geological processes that have shaped the very land and seas themselves. So, soon you will be able to stroll through 600 million years of life and landscapes and 253 million years of skeletons before you have a mid-morning coffee at the Melbourne Museum Cafeteria.
I think I’ll go and have one myself right now….
Museum staff installs temporary signage advertising the upcoming Dinosaur Walk exhibition
Credit: Melinda Iser, Source: Museum Victoria