Chance to see some colossal fossils

New discoveries and bird dinosaurs from the mainland star in Science Museum exhibition

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 3:46am

Huge dinosaurs from the mainland and their feathered fossil friends will be part of the city's biggest dinosaur show, which is due to open next month at the Science Museum.

The "Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs" will include the recently unearthed Daxiatitan binglingi - the best-preserved gigantic Asian dinosaur, and, at 30 metres long, the biggest to go on display in the city - and other Chinese titanosaurs, named after the Greek deities for their colossal size. There will be more than 160 items in the 2,500 sq ft space, half of which are real fossils, borrowed from 13 partner institutions on the mainland, in Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada.

Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, director of leisure and cultural services at the museum, said: "We deliberately chose Chinese dinosaurs because not many people are aware that China has so many dinosaur discoveries, especially in recent years.

"They know a lot about the Western dinosaurs, such as the T-Rex, but Chinese dinosaurs are the same size as even the biggest in Argentina."

Last year, a dinosaur exhibition at Cityplaza mall in Taikoo Shing drew crowds of 200,000.

Exhibition curator Karen Sit Man picked four highlights: the Chinese titanosaurs, dinosaurs from Europe and the Americas, newly discovered species from China, and feathered dinosaurs.

Sit said: "I think bird dinosaurs are one of the most important discoveries about dinosaurs in recent years, because many people now believe that the ancestors of birds are actually dinosaurs." Nearly all fossils of feathered dinosaurs have been found on the mainland.

The museum has developed several mobile applications that interact with the exhibits and promotional materials, and there will also be robotic dinosaurs from the Natural History Museum in Britain and interactive robots from Japan. The exhibition runs from November 8 to April 9 and costs HK$10 to HK$20.