Dinosaurs of India Section
Many new species of dinosaurs have been discovered in India. In this section attempt has been made to illustrate the diversity of Indian Dinosaurs through panels, models and reproductions. Most of the exhibits are self explanatory and especially designed to help in giving an opportunity to the visitor to explore any aspect that may interest him.
The dinosaurs come to life in this section, which displays some rare fossils of dinosaur eggs, bones, teeth and dung. Fossils of other animals and plants from the same period are also shown. You will see how dinosaurs lived, how they died, and how traces of dinosaurs and other animals and plants became preserved as fossils. The large dinosaur models and dioramas will arouse your curiosity, while numerous panels present additional information and raise some of the exciting questions that are now being studied by scientists.
Dinosaurs form an important part of India 's rich fossil heritage. Many people are unaware of the fact that some of the first fossils were recognized as dinosaur fossils were discovered in India. In 1828, Captain William Sleeman found dinosaur fossils in Jabalpur cantonment, MP.
The geological history of Indian dinosaurs spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - from about 225 million until 65 million years ago. Several important finds have been made in the states of Andhara Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. After long and arduous excavations, two skeletons of giant plant-eating dinosaurs, have been mounted at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and the Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad.
A wealth of scientific information is provided by research carried out during the last 170 years. Highlights include the finding in central India of world's largest known dinosaurian nesting sites in the Cretaceous, and the record of dinosaur dung indicating dietary preferences. Other notable finds include the demarcation of Iridium-rich layers marking the asteroid dust cloud fallout in Gujarat and Meghalaya. This asteroid is the same one that is believed to have struck the death knell not only of the dinosaurs but also of several other organisms, about 65 million years ago. One of the most extensive and intense volcanic eruptions witnessed on planet earth comprising the Deccan basalts of the western Ghats, also took place at this very time.
Highlights of the Exhibition
- The type of dinosaurs found in India
- The distribution and location of fossil sites in India
- The environment in which dinosaurs lived
- The animals and plants that lived along with the dinosaurs
- Dinosaurs' eggs and nesting behavior
- Dinosaurs' diets, specially the plants they fed upon
- The sudden extinction of dinosaurs and several other organisms about 65 million years ago.
Exhibits in the Dinosaurs of India Section
The displays are designed to excite the imagination of young minds, explain some basic concepts of paleobiology and popularize the rich geological heritage of India.
What are fossils?
How are fossils formed?
Classification of Dinosaurs and their Distribution in India.
Special Features of Dinosaurs
Touch and Feel Exhibits
Dinosaur Park Diorama
Dinosaurs' Eggs and Nests: their distribution and the display of rare specimens
Footprints and Tracks of Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs' Teeth and Bones
Models of Stegosaurus, Barapasaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Coelophysis, Camptosaurus and Indosuchus
Animals and Plants that lived along with Dinosaurs
Extinction of Dinosaurs
Model of Internal Organs of a Large Plant-eating Female Dinosaur.
Dinosaur National Park
Model of recently discovered Rajasaurus narmadensis
Special Corner: Some Rocks, Minerals and Crystals.