I have always been very fascinated by archaeology and paleontology and have sometimes looked back at my life and wondered if I should have pursued it as a career in some shape or form. As a child and teenager I devoured any books or articles I could find about new discoveries in the history of humans or in the world of dinosaurs. My oldest son, Bryan, was obsessed with dinosaurs when he was little, and we could often be found pouring over the pages of dinosaur books together, memorizing all the different types. When the movie Jurassic Park was released, I watched it in absolute fascination and delight imagining what it would be like if dinosaurs could actually be recreated.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out that a new dinosaur exhibit was coming to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. The ROM has always been known for its amazing dinosaur exhibit, and as a child it was my favourite part of the museum, but this new exhibit was supposed to surpass anything ever seen at the ROM. I finally convinced Mike to take a trip to the city to see Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants From Gondwana, and my expectations were very high. I wasn’t sure how they were going to outdo the previous exhibits. Well, I’ll tell you – it certainly didn’t disappoint!!
I bought a souvenir book while I was there which explains the exhibit as follows: “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana unveils specimens that most of us have never before seen, those of the prehistoric southern hemisphere continent of Gondwana where, on that separate landmass, these dinosaurs evolved differently than their counterparts in the northern hemisphere. The southern colossus Giganotosaurus may indeed have been the primeval ruler, even more powerful than the northern Tyrannosaurus rex, and the largest land predator that ever lived.”
I was in seventh heaven walking around the exhibit, and I took tons of photos of these new dinosaurs. You begin your journey over 250 million years ago when there was one supercontinent and journey forward through time as the landmass breaks into two supercontinents, Laurasia and Gondwana. Then you begin learning about new dinosaurs that you have never heard of before.
I have many photos to share, but I thought I would start out with something a little different. The walls behind the dinosaur skeletons were painted with scenes of what the world might have looked like back then, and this closeup shows what I believe is a volcano in the background. I think it gives a really neat effect.
Awesome shot Cindy. I should check out the exhibit.
You really should – it is so fascinating!
I remember the days when dinosaurs walked the earth–or at least my kids think I do– great shot of my old friend Bruno–I recognize him from the broken finger
OMG, you are too funny!! You just made me laugh out loud at work :). You’re going to get me into trouble LOL. And you are not old – age means nothing!
don’t want you to get in trouble – but sometimes we need a laugh at work
Oh, you have no idea!!! LOL
That’s a very cool shot!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it :). It’s so much fun trying different shots like that.
I have been meaning to stop in there for sometime now…. great shot
Thanks! You’d better hurry in to see the exhibit because I don’t think it will be there much longer :).
That’s a great shot! I remember reading the book Jurassic Park years ago–don’t remind me of how many years–and stayed up all night to finish it.
Thanks TBM :). I have the book as well and loved it!! I usually like the book better than the movie because there are so many more details in the written version, but it’s been so long on this one that I can’t remember which I preferred.
Not a place you can travel to!!! 🙂 My oldest son also loved dinosaurs, and it was always so cute when this chubby little boy could recognize and name the beasts.
I know :). My son was just a little guy and people were always amazed that he could pronounce the names of the dinosaurs perfectly!! They learn so easily at that age :).
This is so weird….I have always thought that it would have been really great to be an archaeology! I’m not kidding….my interest came from reading a book by Agatha Christie…”They came to Baghdad”…just about being on a “dig” and finding bits and pieces of ancient life…Aside from that..AWESOME image and I loved all of the info!
Ooooh, I think we should go on a dig together!!! Wouldn’t we have fun – the two crazy women let loose with shovels and brushes. I can just hear us hootin’ and hollarin’ every time we found something LOL :).
LOLOLOLOLOLOL!! You’d also have me yelling “Thank you” every time I found something…that’s what I do every time I find a sharkstooth…well I don’t YELL it..but I say it 🙂 🙂
Now it all makes sense why you are always looking for sharksteeth. It’s because you should have been an archaeologist!!! 🙂