The new special exhibition "Dinosaurs!" lets you discover dinosaurs from the three geological eras - Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous - for the first time. The atar of the exhibition is Berlin's very own T-Rex "Tristan Otto".
Dinosaurs are an incredibly successful group of animals. They populated our planet for more than 150 million years. Their reign spanned three geological eras: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. It ended suddenly 66 million years ago in a mass extinction. What does this story have to do with us? Find out at the Natural History Museum and be amazed by spectacular fossils from three ages of the dinosaur era.
Star of the exhibition: T-Rex Tristan Otto
In December 2015, Tristan Otto came to Europe and to the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin as the first original T. rex skeleton. Tristan Otto is thus one of the few original T. rex skeletons outside North America. Between June 2020 and December 2021, the T. rex was on display at the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen and is now back again. The twelve meters long and four meters high skeleton of the predatory
dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous period is 66 million years old. Its
night-black colour is characteristic of fossils from the so-called Hell
Creek Formation, a fossil-rich rock layer in the US state of Montana,
where the T. rex was found in 2010. Like Tristan Otto, all previous T. rex finds originate from North America. The recovery and preservation of
the bones took a total of four years. Tristan Otto is one of the
best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens worldwide, with an almost completely preserved skull. He is named after the sons of the two owners.