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Dinosaurs from the southern hemisphere make their Canadian debut at the ROM

A man looks at the prehistoric dinosaur called Giganotosaurus as they take in the new exhibit called Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
June 20, 2012 - 3:13 PM

TORONTO - An exhibit of some of the largest and most unusual dinosaurs from the southern hemisphere will be making their Canadian debut at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum this summer.

The museum will be opening its new exhibit, Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, to the public on Saturday.

It features fossils, skeletons and 17 full-scale skeletal casts of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in Gondwana, a continent formed when the supercontinent of Pangea split in half.

These dinosaurs look different from the northern hemisphere dinosaurs that Canadian and American audiences are accustomed to seeing.

The exhibit uses Augmented Reality technology that allows visitors to scan the creatures through a tablet screen to see them become animated and covered in skin.

The dinosaur casts are surrounded by murals that show them in their natural environments.

The exhibit includes Futalognkosaurus (FOO'-tah-LONK'-oh-SORE'-us), the largest dinosaur ever mounted in Canada. It's 33.5 metres long and weighed as much as 10 elephants when it roamed the earth.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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