Dinosaurs are taken to new heights in Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx. Discovered in 1861, Archaeopteryx provides a critical bridge between dinosaurs and birds. Its fossils have been critical to our understanding of the origin of birds, and the origin of flight. It is an icon of evolutionary theory!
Dinosaurs Take Flight presents not only the history and science behind Archaeopteryx but also engages visitors at the intersection of art and science. Throughout the gallery, six renowned artists from around the world provide a glimpse into their studios and processes as they bring this iconic “missing link” back to life.
The exhibition also presents the Jurassic ecosystem that Archaeopteryx called home. A collection of real fossils show the dragonflies, pterosaurs, squid, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, fish, brittle stars, and other animals that lived in the waters and along the shores of a 155-million-year-old lagoon.