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Dinosaur Footprints: A Story of Discovery


Wed 17 Jun 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 19 Jun 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 20 Jun 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 21 Jun 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: temanawa09

See first-hand the footprints of the giants that walked our land! 'Dinosaur Footprints: a Story of Discovery' features three footprints discovered in Late Cretaceous coastal sandstone rocks in northwest Nelson. They are the first dinosaur footprints ever found in New Zealand, and the first evidence of dinosaurs found in South Island.

They were discovered by GNS Science geologist, Dr Greg Browne, who worked through a process of elimination to conclude that the marks were made by dinosaurs.
“While geologists know that dinosaurs were present in ancient New Zealand, the record of their presence is very sketchy,” Dr Browne said. Dinosaur bones have been found at only three locations so far - northern Hawke's Bay, PortWaikato, and the Chatham Islands.

Visitors will also see a striking enlargement of an original New Zealand watercolour of the sauropods on a beach by noted freelance illustrator and author Dave Gunson, and a selection of dinosaur illustrations by New Zealand artist Geoffrey Cox.

The exhibition has been made possible by the support of New Zealand Oil&Gas who are keen to see science promoted in the community.

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