For the next two years, the “Gigantic Argentinean Dinosaurs” exhibition, which opened today in Buenos Aires, will tour various countries in Europe with original fossils and exact replicas of the dinosaurs that inhabited Argentina, some of which have never been shown abroad.
This exhibition, the result of a collaboration of seven museums of Natural Sciences coordinated by The National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), is the most significant one that this country has presented.
Among the dinosaurs reproduced in the exhibition, made possible by remains found in various parks in Argentina, is “Argentinosaurus Huinculensis,” which at 38 meters long is the largest known dinosaur in the world, and “Giganotosaurus Carolinii,” the largest known carnivorous dinosaur.
Edgardo Romero, director of the Argentinean Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos Aires, said in his presentation that, for the first time, a replica of “Panphagia,” the oldest ancestor of the sauropods, which were the largest dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth, will be exhibited.
In his statements to Efe, Romero emphasized that the importance of this exhibition is that it contains material “of international significance;” every item was selected for its scientific interest.
“The exhibition proves to the world that Argentina is a very important country for paleontological studies, because it shows that there is sediment containing fossils of very different ages which can document much of the history of dinosaurs,” and therefore Argentina possesses “a paleontological community trained for research,” said Romero.
The head of the Paleontological Division of the Museum, Alejandro Kramarz, stated that this exhibition is “unprecedented,” and reflects the wealth that Argentina possesses in this field, with “fabulous” pieces which, in his view, have surprised the entire international scientific community.
The exhibitions will be sent to the city of Rosenheim, Germany, where they will be shown from April 29 until October 25, after which they will continue their journey through Europe until late 2010, when they will return to Argentina.