Imagine living as a triceratops, lumbering through a lush deciduous forest on all fours. Fellow triceratops walk nearby as your herd grazes on vegetation low to the ground. Suddenly, a predator lurks nearby in the trees. It’s a T. rex, and it’s headed this way. Stampede!
Experience life from a dinosaur’s perspective. Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous, returns to the Delaware Museum of Natural History from October 26, 2019 – January 19, 2020. Designed with the assistance of world-renowned paleontologists, this hands-on exhibit brings dinosaurs to life through interactive digital simulation.
Rock-formation stations present content reflected in the simulator pods. The Design-A-Saurus station allows imaginations to run wild as visitors select basic body structures, size, and stance for their own custom dinosaur.
Then, take the controls at simulator pods to experience prehistoric adventures depicted on-screen in high definition. Theories of dinosaur behavior are explored in an environment so detailed that digital winds carry virtual odors and photorealistic flora have their own nutritional values. Players find and communicate with others in their herd, cooperate in defense, use their “sense of smell” to find food, cool off in the waters of a jungle stream, and observe fish and insect life.
The computer simulation spans more than two square miles of late Cretaceous environment based on a fossil formation in Western North America including the Badlands of Montana and portions of North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Scientists were consulted to ensure accuracy of the dinosaurs’ meticulously recreated behavior, muscle patterns, and digestive systems. Themes explored include ecosystems, defense, health, ways to use senses, how to track down food, and whether dinosaurs lived and hunted alone or in groups.
Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous, a traveling exhibit from Eureka Exhibits, is sponsored by DuPont and CSC. The exhibit was previously on display at DMNH from October 2010-January 2011. Since then, it’s been updated and redesigned with new interactive components and new graphics and software in the simulator experience.