The press opening of the New Dinosaur Gallery at COSI in Columbus, Ohio photographed Friday November 17, 2017.
The new gallery is a partnership between Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, home to one of the world’s most extensive dinosaur collections. The addition further cements COSI’s standing as one of the top science museums in the country. Among the exhibit’s features: A 40-foot long, 12-foot high skeletal Tyrannosaurus rex, lording over the entrance as a dramatic welcome. A diorama of a forest scene, set 125 million years ago in Liaoning, China, where paleontologists continue today to find fossilized remains of feathered dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. A feather-covered, ferocious-looking Yutyrannus, a cousin to the T. Rex, which promotes the exhibit’s primary theme: dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds over millions of years.