Prehistoric giants are killer visuals
(AAPNW-MI) – On view through May 15 is the international exhibition of “Bigger Than T. Rex: Giant Killer Dinosaurs of Argentina” at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in the Midland Center for the Arts. The show is friendly for all ages, including the bone pits to excavate, fossils to touch and explore, dinosaurs to draw and videos. Other dinosaur’s heads are on display, but none can equal the proportions of the Argentine super-giants.
Artifacts include: 45-foot Giganotosaurus skeleton, the largest meat-eating dinosaur; 24-foot juvenile Mapusaurus skeleton; Rare casts of Argentine dinosaur eggs; Head and neck of the bizarre plant-eater, Amargasaurus; Skulls of Albertosaurus, T. rex, Allosaurus and Mapusaurus; Largest bone in the world, 5-foot-high vertebrae of Argentinosaurus, and at 100 tons, it was the biggest animal ever to walk the Earth.
Concurrent with the exhibition, are illustrations from “Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, The Paintings of James Gurney,” which will feature original works from his fourth book. Published in 2007, the book follows the adventures of Professor Arthur Denison and his dinosaur companion Bix, as they set off on a perilous journey to the long-forgotten empire of Chandara. Every step of the way, the creatures, characters and architecture they encounter are portrayed in exquisite detail. Gurney is a bestselling author and illustrator and creator of more than 70 book covers, including his art appears in museum exhibitions around the world. See www.dinotopia.com for more information.