[San Diego Natural History Museum - Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park: The Lost World]
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Exhibition Overview

This exhibition closed September 10, 2000.

Dinosaurs have made their biggest invasion ever in San Diego's Balboa Park. Thirty two species of dinosaurs from all corners of the earth, some never seen before in North America, are on exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park: The Lost World, one of the largest traveling dinosaur exhibitions in the world.

The exhibition also highlights the proper place in dinosaur evolution held by the major dinosaur groups, which date back 225 million years to the Triassic Period, followed by the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, to their extinction 65 million years ago. Various theories given for the disappearance of dinosaurs are explored in the Extinction Theatre, hosted by actor Jeff Goldblum. Trained presenters are on hand to answer your questions throughout the exhibition hall.

You'll also see:

  • The skeleton of newly unearthed Giganotosaurus from Patagonia in Argentina, standing 13 feet tall and measuring 42 feet long, more than a foot longer and a ton heavier than the Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • The largest, fleshed-out reconstructed dinosaur ever built—a 72-foot long Mamenchisaurus from China. It has the longest neck of any animal ever, and the smallest head compared to body size.
  • Fleshed-out models of a T. rex baby, male and female velociraptors, a pack of Compsognathus, an adult Pachycephalosaurus, and a Stegosaurus baby.
  • Touch-screen interactives that focus on dinosaur exploration and identification.
  • A series of short clips from the film detail scientists' views and Hollywood's interpretations of the various dinosaur behaviors.
  • Fossils from the San Diego region.

    Photo of child confronting a Gigantosaurus, Tim Murray 2000
    Child confronting a Gigantosaurus skull, photo by Tim Murray, 2000

The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park: The Lost World was produced by Dinosaur Exhibitions, LLC, under the direction of "Dino" Don Lessem, and in partnership with Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The exhibition was designed by Museum Design Associates. Jurassic Park and Lost World are trademarks of Universal City Studios and Amblin Entertainment.

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