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Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs


10 March – 9 September 2018
Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, Puke Ariki Museum


Step back in time 290 million years to when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs. This unique exhibition brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size life models and animatronics of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs is a fun and interactive exhibition that blends art and science with a collection of new 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.

Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the life-size animatronics and noise of the exhibition, some under 5's may find it just a wee bit scary!

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs is a travelling exhibition produced by Gondwana Studios.

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