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Dinosaur rEVOLUTION: SECRETS OF SURVIVAL Total Recon – Dinosaur Edition Palaeontology workshop and exhibition tour

Not long ago, our knowledge of dinosaurs was based almost completely on the assumptions we made from their internal body structure. Bones and possible muscle and tendon attachments were what scientists used for reconstructing their anatomy. The rest, including the colours, were left to the imagination… the skins were lizard-like and the colours grey, green and brown prevailed.

Together with exhibition producers Luis V. Rey and Gondwana Studios, we are breaking the mould with Dinosaur rEvolution!

Thanks to a vast web of new research, that this time emphasises also skin and ornaments, we are now able to get a glimpse of the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria.

It’s long been understood that the Dinosauria was subdivided in two main groups, according mostly to their pelvic structure: Saurischia and Ornithischia.  All of them are well represented and spectacularly mounted in this exhibition and the exhibits are backed with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed and feathered and restored in living and breathing colours.

Total Recon – Dinosaur Edition Reconstruction workshop with an expert Flinders University palaeontologist and exhibition tour.

Students will learn how to think like a palaeontologist, discover how we can use fossil evidence to determine what dinosaurs looked like and infer their behaviour and habitat. Includes a 15 minute facilitated exhibition tour and 45 minute self-directed exploration.

Links to curriculum:

Science as a Human Endeavour: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena.

Scientific understanding including models and theories are contestable and refined over time through a process of review.

Science Understanding

Year 5: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
Year 7: There are differences within and between groups of organisms and classification helps organise this diversity.

Year 10: Evaluating and interpreting evidence for evolution, including the fossil record, chemical and anatomical similarities.

Bookings are essential: education@samuseum.sa.gov.au

NB: Exhibition only entry is also offered (without workshop), see separate entry for details.