Step Through Time Dinosaur Experience
Explore all about when these dinosaurs existed and get up close to the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus & Triceratops that remain ‘Frozen in time’ in our Step Through Time Dinosaur Experience
Imagine travelling back in time through 298 million years…
Contrary to popular belief, Dimetrodon was not a dinosaur. In fact it became extinct about 40 million years ago before the first dinosaur appeared. Dimetrodon is actually a pelycosaur or mammal-like reptile and is more closely related to humans than dinosaurs. Dimetrodon was one of the top predators in the early Permian ecosystem. It fed on fish, reptiles and amphibians.
Welcome to the Triassic Period… The age of the Dinosaurs and the first period of the Mezazoic Era
Placodus was a marine reptile that seemed to be adapted for swimming whilst still retaining features that allowed it to move on land. It was heavily built with dense bones and a row of bony knobs above the backbone, which meant that Placodus was not buoyant and would have had no trouble staying on the sea floor to feed. This body armour would have also provided some protection from predators, but would have made Placodus slow and clumsy when moving around on land.
You have now moved into the Jurassic Period, the middle of the Mezazoic Era…
For nearly a century, Apatosaurus was known by the name Brontosaurus. In 1877, Othniel Charles Marsh found a skeleton and named it Apatosaurus. In 1879, he then found a more complete skeleton which he named Brontosaurus. It was not until the 20th century that they were found to be two species of the same dinosaur. As huge as Apatosaurus appears, it is actually a relatively small sauropod. When fully grown, it would have weighed 25-35 tonnes.
Step onwards into the last part of the Mezazoic Era, the Cretaceous Period…
Styracosaurus was a herbivore. It had a large hooked beak and shearing teeth which it would have used for browsing on low shrubs, cycads and palms. Styracosaurus had short, stout limbs ending in robust, four-toed feet which were built to support weight. The hooves were blunt, unlike the more claw-type feet of earlier horned dinosaurs. Despite it’s heavy, stout appearance, it is thought that Styracosaurus could still gallop and reach significant speeds.
Our intrepid palaeontologists have arrived in their helicopter and jeep to discover our dinosaurs and the dino skeleton that has emerged in our Dino Dig. Can you help them with their discovery?
Step through time in our new Dino Barn and get up close to some pre-historic creatures. Meet the ancient life forms of the deep seas and then encounter the primeval dinosaurs from the early Triassic. As you explore the Jurassic period, you will come face to face with our giant Megalosaurus and then attempt to hold the stare of our T-rex. Study our replica skull of Stan, the most complete T-rex skull ever found and examine our Triceratops skull. Finish your journey in the Ice Age and meet our full size adult Wooly Mammoth and come face-to-face with early man. An enjoyable and educational experience for adults and children alike!