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A V S TURNER

A V S TURNER

Canterbury, United Kingdom

Journal

Dino-Tourism, Part II!

Well, the latest news is that I’ve just returned from a whistle-stop visit to New York, the sole purpose of which was to encounter the ’World’s Largest Dinosaurs’ exhibit before it closes on Jan 2nd!

This was not my first trip to New York (I visited once as part of a school trip, so that would have been about 10 years ago!), but it was my first visit to the American Museum of Natural History, located on Central Park West. This was immensely exciting for me, as it has been on my list of top places to see since I was a kid and finally getting to see that beautiful Barosaurus in the entrance hall was a truly spine-tingling moment!

But before covering the museum itself I’d like to talk about the special exhibit that lured me all the way across the Atlantic. I sho…

Dino-Tourism!

The other week it occurred to me that I haven’t had a holiday in about four years – yikes! Alas, I couldn’t afford to go away for the weekend, so I decided to hop on the Eurostar and head for Brussels for the day. The aim of the trip was to finally see some specimens that are so familiar to me and yet I had never set eyes on before.

I am talking of course, about the wonderful Iguanodons of Bernissart, on display in the Belgian Royal Institute for Natural Sciences. The ‘Bernissart Thirty’ have been etched into my mind since childhood – I remember gazing mystified at grainy old photos and 19th century drawings of the huge, decrepit-looking creatures, with their hideous grins and broken faces. Strangely, it is just this creepiness that is peculiar to the B…

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