Life Before the Dinosaurs

Step back 290 million years to a time before dinosaurs roamed the earth and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in this incredible summer blockbuster exhibition.

Museum Deputy Director Julie Baird says the exhibition blends art and science, featuring stunning artworks by award winning paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi as well as interactive dig pits and animatronics.

“The exhibition will take visitors back to a time when the air was thicker, the temperatures more extreme and the land and seas were dominated by amazing but bizarre creatures.

“This past is brought back to life with fossilized skeletons and full size moving models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.”

The Permian period ended with the largest extinction Earth has ever experienced, which wiped out 90% of all species on the planet. The cause of the extinction had baffled scientists for the past 20 years but a recent discovery shed new light on the cause of this catastrophe: global warming caused by volcanic activity.

Museum visitors will meet the top predator of the time, the giant saber-toothed gorgonopsid ‘Inostrancevia’ and find out what nearly killed all Permian species to make way for Earth’s next rulers, the Dinosaurs.

Permian Monsters is on exhibition from Saturday 8 November – 1 February 2015. Admission fees apply.

Written by Newcastle Live

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