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A Glimpse of Gondwana

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One weekend, we visited the Royal Ontario Museum's Exhibition titled Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana. The Exhibition is the world's premiere viewing of the most fiercest, largest and never exhibited Southern Dinosaurs. The Exhibition was opened since last Fall and will open until March 17th. As it turned out, both adults and children had fun and we learnt so many things about these never exhibited dinosaurs. My nephew ended his visit with his own Dinosaur growl which was oh so scary and funny at the same time!

Also with the recent crashing of a meteorite in Central Russia last month, it brought to light the issue that Scientists and Government agencies must work together to spot the threats from outer space sooner and avert them. It is a different kind of threat to our Planet Earth which can only be solved through the cooperation of worldwide agencies with expertise in Space, Sciences, Military/Defence and of course our own Governments. Apparently, those shown in Hollywood movies like Armageddon will not work and not even possible at all. According to the Toronto Star, experts from Europe (the European Space Agency), USA (NASA) and Russia are already discussing how to spot the potential threats from outer space and avert them to prevent further destruction and loss of life on Earth. Unlike the Dinosaurs, there was no one to save them.
Who's the biggest of them all?  The Futalognkosaurus is one of the largest animals to have walked the earth. This dinosaur is like a giant lizard that lived on the Earth 88 million years ago. It stretches 110 feet long and weighed as much as 10 elephants. This is the Dinosaur that greeted guests in the Museum as it can only fit in the Museum's Great Hall. 
The Exhibition not only displayed the Southern Dinosaurs but also provided the Story about the Darwinian Bio-Evolution. The Earth, in about 300 million years ago was one land mass or one giant supercontinent called the Pangaea. During that time, animals, especially Dinosaurs,were free to roam all around and to spread their genes around thereby creating common characteristics in species. Then 150 millions ago, major volcanic eruptions and earthquakes caused a change in plate tectonics which divided this huge land mass into North (Laurasia) and South (Gondwana) with the Tethys Sea between them. So far, most of the Dinosaurs exhibited have been from the North. It is only the past 20 years that Paleontologists have unearthed and have gained more information about the Southern Dinosaurs from Gondwana. 
Gondwana is the Southern Supercontinent comprising the landmasses of Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica, Madagascar and India. Most of these Dinosaurs, like the Futalognkosaurus above, were unearthed from Patagonia, Argentina. 
All around the Exhibition, there were many informative displays for both the children and for the Adults to have fun in learning. Here is a large fossil head of the Dinosaur with large sharp teeth unearthed from Africa.
Each one in our family had their own interests in viewing the Dinosaurs. Some read more on the Darwinian Bio-Evolution, the Geography and there are interactive IPAD screens that showed an augmented reality of the Dinosaurs brought back to life and moving. Luckily, photography was allowed. On this visit, I focused more on the dinosaurs sharp and long claws and their sharp skeleton teeth. The Dinosaurs were huge, powerful creatures, have their own characteristics (some were vegetarians) and were predators ready to kill. 
Meet Giganotosaurus  that lived in the Southern Hemisphere and was unearthed in Argentina. This Dinosaur is possibly the largest land predator to have lived the Earth. In this Exhibition, he is faced on the opposite with T-Rex from the North in a North-South showdown. If there is a showdown fight between Giganotosaurus and T-Rex, who do you think will win?   
It is believed that a large meteorite crashed on Earth hundreds of million years ago. The crash of the meteorite on Earth caused a thick blanket of dust that scattered all over the Earth's atmosphere which led to climate change and then the extinction of the Dinosaurs forever.


The story of Human Beings, Animals and Plants evolution on Planet Earth still continues.
It is important for us to take care of our planet, love one another and live in Peace as much as we can.

The ROM also made available a free download of the ROM Ultimate Dinosaurs App for the IPAD and Iphone for more information and interactive experience about the Dinosaurs.

May you all have an adventurous weekend!

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41 comments

  1. Hi Pamela! How amazing! I love ROM, when I visited it I was truly stunned by all the gorgeous things inside! Spent many hours there! The year I was there there was an exhibition about Chinese Warriors statues, really impressive! Love Dinosaurs and all the history about them, thanks for sharing and for the photos, is always nice to see a bit of TO!:) Kisses and have a good day dear! xo

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    1. Oh Lilly, I know you like very much to visit Toronto. Yes, the ROM is fun to visit. Lots to discover there. Have a good weekend too.

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  2. What a beautiful exhibition, i love dinosaurs, I am so attracted to their story!
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    1. You are right Francesca, the Dinos story is fascinating. Then to see them in their grand fossils in Museum is even better.

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  3. It must have been fun to visit the exhibit with your nephew. Kids just seem to love dinosaurs.

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    1. Oh Connie, both my niece and nephew were fascinated and brave. It was fun bringing them to the Museum.

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  4. Thanks for your lovely comment dear!!
    It must be a fantastic experience!
    I love your country ..!

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    1. Thank you Federica for loving Canada, it is a beautiful country and kind people too,

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  5. Q: What do you call a dinosaur with one eye?
    A: Jathinkisaurus!

    An oldie but a goodie :))

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    1. Ha! ha! You are so funny Mr. Paul! :)

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    1. Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it too.

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    1. The exhibition was fun and educational too. Thank you. Have a good evening.

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  8. Thanks for taking us to this very impressive exhibition! I'm always fascinated by their size. A really informative and interesting post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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    1. It was a fun and informative visit. Thank you Miss B.

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  9. Marika has left a new comment on your post "A Glimpse of Gondwana":

    What a great exhibition!!!
    KIsses dear Pamela!
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    1. Sorry Marika, I deleted your comment by mistake. But here it is. Thank you.

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  10. What an mazing exhibition! I used to love dinosaurs as a kid!
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    1. Learning about the Dinosaurs is still fun even for adults. Thank you Ileana.

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    1. Thank you Oliva. I will check up your blog.

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  12. Interesting exhibition. It reminds me a lot of the permanent Gondwana museum I once visited in Saarbruecken (Germany). It's really fascinating to learn about what life used to be on planet earth.

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    1. It will be interesting to visit the Gondwana Museum in Germany. Thank you for letting me know.

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  13. What a nice trip. I would love to take my kids to the Dinosaurs museum one day. :) They've been reading books about Dinosaurs so I know they will truly enjoy this. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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    1. I am sure your kids will enjoy this exhibit. Thank you for stopping by.

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  14. Wow! Amazing photos!!!!

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    You are always welcome! ;)

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    1. It is always interesting to visit Museums. Thank you.

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  15. Awesome pics! So spectacular:)

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  17. What a great exhibit. I'd really love to attend it. Thank you for posting, Pamela!
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  19. Looks like a fun trip!

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  20. I's crazy about Dinosaurs in childhood) Dear Pamela, thank you for amazing trip! I really enjoyed this post!
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