DOWNTOWN – Local dinosaur fans will soon get to see the Jurassic period underwater environment up close.
The Field Museum’s latest exhibit, “Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep,” will take visitors on an underwater journey to see some of the creatures that once inhabited it, according to a press release from Field. The exhibit will feature over 100 fossils and models from the Jurassic Period, including giant marine reptiles that resemble the Loch Ness monster and water lilies, cousins of starfish.
The exhibition opens February 25 and runs until September 5.
Marine predators and other marine life from the Jurassic Period of 200 million years ago will be presented through real fossils, realistic aftershocks and CGI projections, according to The Field. Visitors will be able to touch real specimens, including skeletons up to 22 feet long, as well as replicas of sea creature skins, and explore the characteristics of sea creatures on interactive touch screens.
The exhibit, produced and curated by the Natural History Museum in London, will feature a replica of a reptile called an ichthyosaur and the skeleton of a long-necked plesiosaur. Other items in the exhibit will be the fossilized tail of one of the largest fish to be found: the leedsichthys, a 30-foot-long fish that sailed near the surface of the sea, capturing plankton, according to The Field.
Visitors will also be able to see real specimens of marine reptiles from the present day, such as crocodiles, sea snakes, sea turtles, water monitor lizards and marine iguanas.
The exhibit will be presented in English and Spanish, and will require a Discovery or All-Access pass to enter. For passes and more information visit the Field Museum website.
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