On May 6, the Manitoba Museum will open a Dino Dig Discovery Room generating excitement for the arrival of a new member to our Earth History Gallery – a 90-million-year-old pliosaur, coming in August.
Before the pliosaur fossil and full-scale replica go on permanent display, visitors can see videos showing how its skeleton was recreated. They will also learn how Triceratops ate, how we know what dinosaur skin looked like, how big Deinonychus’ killer claw was, and more while investigating dinosaur teeth, examining fossils, and searching for clues in the dinosaur dig.
NAME THE PLIOSAUR – The new addition to the Earth History Gallery needs a name! Visitors are invited to choose their favourite name for our pliosaur and they will be entered to win a Fossil Dig for 4 at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. We love all of these names but we have to narrow it down to just one so we need Museum visitors to vote for the one they like best.
- Chomper – pliosaurs have huge teeth and lots of them, which tell us the pliosaur was a meat eater
- Flipper –pliosaurs have large flippers that help them swim the seas
- Predator Pete or “Petey” – pliosaurs were the top predators of their time
- Junior – this pliosaur is a juvenile and its discoverer, Wayne Buckley, called it “Junior”