The spring of 2019 will see greatness hatch at Universeum, as a spectacular dinosaur exhibition is introduced. Dinosaurs will take over our roof terrace, beginning April 12 th.
Eye to eye with the giants of the past
The dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago. Ancestors to our chaffinches, house sparrows and bananaquits, the dinosaurs were some of the largest animals ever to exist and they ruled the world.
Between April 12th and September 30th you can stand eye to eye with some of the most iconic dinosaurs – and they are life-sized. Welcome to Universeum!
Velociraptor means “swift seizer” and it is accurately named. With an estimated top speed of 45 kph, they probably hunted in packs and thanks to their relatively large brain they could coordinate attacks on prey several times their own size. It is not unlikely that their method of hunting resembled that of our modern wolves.
The scientific species name crurivastator means “bone crusher”, as this dinosaur had a powerful club on the tip of its tail for defence. The body was covered by a bone armour 5 centimetres thick and large spikes protruded from both head and body.
Brachiosaurus belongs to the sauropods, a group which includes the largest animals to have ever lived on land. New fossils from even larger species and individuals are constantly found, so it is not impossible that they could even grow bigger than our modern blue whale – the largest animal ever to exist.
Aside from razor-sharp teeth and an incredibly powerful bite, Tyrannosaurus rex had a large and highly developed brain, a keen sense of smell and forward-facing eyes. All this combined to make this giant dinosaur a formidable hunter.
The Pteranodon’s skeleton resembles modern birds that dive steeply into the ocean for prey. This suggests a similar hunting method among these flying reptiles. Pteranodon was one of the largest pterosaurs with a wingspan of up to 7 metres.
The frill and horns of the Triceratops may have been used for fighting other members of its species but also to impress them. The frill and horns were probably also effective defensive weapons against predators such as Tyrannosaurus rex.
The Stegosaurus’s head was very small compared to the rest of its body, which weighed around 3.5 tonnes, and its brain was no larger than a walnut. Its characteristic dermal plates make Stegosaurus an easily recognisable dinosaur.
Deinonychus had a large claw on each hind foot. These claws enabled Deinonychus to get a deadly grip on the sides of its prey, while its razor-sharp teeth and the long, flexible claws on its forelimbs ripped the prey apart.