Traveling Exhibition of Replicas of Argentinean Dinosaurs to Tour Europe

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.‎
WRITER-ID | 18 February 2009

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.‎

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