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Birth of the Dinosaurs
Egg and Embryo Fossils from China
The 1st Exhibition Gallery
October 15, 2014 - April 15, 2015


Scientists may not fully understand the process of reproduction in dinosaurs, but from fossil finds, one thing is very clear - dinosaur babies hatched from eggs!

The ancient world is fascinating. Dinosaurs are the most mysterious creatures in this imaginative space. They have always been the favorites in the natural science museums worldwide. The NMNS is presenting the new exhibit "Birth of the Dinosaurs" to provide a rare insight into how this creature developed.

The exhibit blends arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected by Zhejiang Museum of Natural History along with precious fossils from Montana, Argentina, and France. What do dinosaur eggs look like? How do we recognize fossilized dinosaur eggs? Were dinosaurs social animals? Did they care for their young? What was life like for baby dinosaurs? Are birds the modern descendants of dinosaurs? Can the study of eggs, nests, and babies add to our knowledge of dinosaur extinction? "Birth of the Dinosaurs", a multimedia, hands-on exhibition, answers these questions and many others.

Birth of the Dinosaurs
Fossil eggs in different sizes
The exhibit is divided into six sections: Discovering "Rocks", Egg Fossil Taxonomic Research, Real or Fake, Born from an Egg, Growth and Development of Dinosaurs, and New Knowledge from Past Finds. 138 fossil dinosaur eggs covering six types of dinosaur- including those of sauropods (long-necked dinosaurs), theropods (bird-footed dinosaurs), therizinosaurids (meat-eating dinosaurs), hadrosaurids (duck-billed dinosaurs), and titanosaurids (large plant eater) - are on view, as well as nests, embryos, and young. They come in many shapes and sizes from round to elongated, from 50cm to 2cm long. Dinosaur nests containing eggs range from more than thirty tightly clustered to less than five loosely scattered. Life-like models of Ingenia, Lufengosaurus, Equijubus, Probactrosaurus, and Chilanta add attractions and impressions to visitors, who come to view these ancient relics of long-extinct life with understanding and knowledge or just look at them in wonder.

Birth of the Dinosaurs
Therizinosaurid
Birth of the Dinosaurs
Probactrosaurus sp.

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Oviraptorosaur egg with embryo
The exhibit highlights a fossilized ovirptor egg with a fully intact embryo inside and an ovirptor fossil containing eggs. These millions-year-old fossils provide invaluable information on the reproduction and growth of dinosaurs, and reveal the story of how an early dinosaur grew up, from a tiny egg to a giant adult.
Birth of the Dinosaurs
A gentle touch
 Also, a short animated film "It's not a dinosaur" teaches children how to tell a real dinosaur from a plesiosaurus, pterodactylus, or chameleon; and a film of a preparator from Zhejiang Museum of Natural History illustrates the whole fossil preparation work. In the exhibition visitors can even touch real dinosaur eggs! There are many, many more…

"Birth of the Dinosaurs" has been designed to appeal directly to families and educational groups. Children accompanied by adults are the common element in these groups; therefore, school curricula and children's interest have strongly framed the exhibition approaches and content.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History for their support of the exhibition. We also thank Zhejiang government officers and many other guests for their attending to the exhibit opening ceremony.

  • Birth of the Dinosaur is a ticketing exhibition.
    Admission is NT$155 (adults), NT$120 (students, military members, general groups of 20+), NT$80 (museum members, student & labor groups of 20+, seniors 65+), and free for seniors 70+, children age 6 and under, disabled citizens and companions, and licensed guides.
  • Exhibit ticket includes admission to galleries.

Birth of the Dinosaurs - Egg and Embryo Fossils from China is presented by the National Museum of Natural Science in partnership with Zhejiang Museum of Natural History.

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