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Permian Monsters: life before dinosaurs

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Date and time

Until Wed 12 December

Location

Expressions Whirinaki, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5140

Cost

Entry by donation

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Step back in time when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen.

This international travelling exhibition brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size life, moving models of the animals that ruled the world... years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

The exhibition blends art and science with a collection of artwork which offers a glimpse back in time through the eyes of award winning paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi.

View fossilised skeletons and reconstructed models of these amazing but bizarre creatures that dominated land and sea; and dig and identify fossils in the interactive dig pits throughout the exhibition.

See giant insects, bizarre looking sharks and strange reptiles with mammal-like characteristics. Meet the top predator of the time - the giant sabertoothed gorgonopsid inostrancevia - and find out what nearly killed them all to make way for Earth's next rulers, the dinosaurs.

Tours for children are also held every Tuesday at 4-5pm.

Exclusive talk:

Join Dr Hamish Campbell at 1pm on Sunday 14 October to journey back millions of years to New Zealand's Permian period and prepare to be amazed at what lies beneath the oceans.
Dr Campbell will also share some of his experiences and findings from submarine expeditions working with an international team of scientists to find out more about the eighth continent of the world, Zealandia.
Free to attend; no booking required.

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Event details

Date and time

Until Wed 12 December

Location

Expressions Whirinaki, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5140

Cost

Entry by donation

Find out more