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Pterosaur exhibition - Japan
Pterosaur Exhibition: Japan
A new pterosaur exhibition opened in the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History
and Human History on July 6th.
The exhibition is based in part on The Pterosaurs (available from all good book
stores and eBay for less than a burger...sob...)
and features lots of original specimens (principally from China, South America,
Germany and Japan) and some terrific reconstructions including life size models
of Quetzalcoatlus hung at head height. There are some great animations and the
whole thing is set off by lots of Todd Marshall's excellent paintings. At 600
Yen per person its a snip.
The exhibition is in Kitakyushu until September and then goes on tour as
Osaka Museum of Natural History (Osaka City)?2007/9/15?11/25
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture (Nagasaki
Nagoya City Science Museum (Nagoya City)?2008/3/20?6/15
Miraikan, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
You can access information on the exhibition on the Kitakyushu Museum web site
although please note that this is all in Japanese. Still, there are some
pictures including one of the opening ceremony with a Bill Clinton look-a-like.
You can also find pictures of some of the pterosaurs including Jeholopterus
which has beautifully preserved wing membranes that attach to the legs and even
a cruropatagium, although apparently these become invisible in Photoshop just
like those of Sordes, Rhamphorhynchus, Pterodactlyus...
There is a very nice, well illustrated guidebook, but you need to contact the
museum if you want a copy, not me.
The man with the golden scissors.
David M. Unwin
Department of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
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Work tel: +44 116 252 3947
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Live in Europe and interested in visiting major European natural history
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Would you like to catch up on the latest ideas about pterodactyls?
Read: The Pterosaurs