Dinosaurs in Napoli

Dinosaurs in Napoli

(ANSA) – Naples – They roamed all corners of the earth and despite the fact that they disappeared from the planet 250 million years ago, dinosaurs continue to fascinate.

A journey back to the land of the lost features 50 ‘live’ dinosaurs in their natural settings. Under the shadow of Vesuvius, the Days of the Dinosaur exhibit in Naples comprises lifelike robotic models of all sorts of prehistoric beasts, many of which starred in books and blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park.

Visitors can get a close-up look at the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex – a true dinosaur icon.

Also from the Jurassic Park cast, the Spinosaurus Aegypticus, one of the most fearsome predators to ever walk the Earth. Instead, fans of the animated Ice Age films get a look at what a real Ankylosaurus looked like and also meet the villain of the third episode. And to illustrate the link between eras, an Archaeopteryx, the link between dinosaurs and modern birds, has been reproduced in all its winged glory.

Since its opening on October 31, more than 10,000 visitors have wandered the halls of the exhibition space set up in the former public hospital Real Albergo dei Poveri, or Italian Bourbon Hospice for the Poor (also called il Reclusorio) in piazza Carlo III and marvelled at colossal reproductions crucial for understanding the changes that have transformed the world. As visitors enter the exhibition, they see the whole of history on a large-scale timeline from the Triassic period to the present day, before exploring Jurassic specimens that reveal the climate, biodiversity and geography of the era.

An underwater area depicts ocean life as animals, fish and ammonites swim past, and visitors see specimens from the deep seas close up.

Then there’s a watering hole during the Cretaceous period, orchestrated with strange sounds and accurate recreations of trees, plants, animals and insects. In a special discovery area, visitors get a look at the variety of vegetation from the days of the dinosaurs. The final part of the exhibition explains the extinction of dinosaurs, and travel forwards in time to the present day.

Supported by the City of Naples Equal Opportunity, Sports and Youth Activities offices, and sponsored by the Region of Campania and Naples Municipality, the exhibit is designed to attract children and their families with science at its best.

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