Triceratops roars in Melbourne museum

Andrews’ Labor Government is providing another world-class attraction to Victoria, with Triceratops: the fate of the dinosaurs opening to the public this week with one of the most complete Triceratops fossils in the world.

Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson visited the Melbourne museum today to come face-to-face with the jaw-dropping 1,000kg 67million-year-old fossil ahead of the exhibition opening on Saturday 12th of March.

Measuring six to seven meters from tip to tail and standing over two meters tall, the fossil – named Horridus after the species of Triceratops to which it belongs – is larger than an adult African elephant.

Horridus is one of the most important paleontological discoveries in the world. At 266 bones, it is the best preserved Triceratops skeleton in the world and the most complete real dinosaur skeleton in any Australian museum.

The Melbourne Museum’s immersive exhibition invites visitors to get up close to the impressive fossil, taking them on a journey through time to explore the complex landscape and ecosystems it once called to the Cretaceous period.

The exhibit showcases the environments where the Triceratops roamed, the creatures Horridus experienced, and what became of the Cretaceous survivors. Dinosaur fans will also learn about the process of fossilization and how paleontology helps us understand vast stretches of time.

In addition to the captivating exhibit, the acquisition of Horridus positions Victoria as a leader in paleontological science, providing economic and educational benefits beyond the exhibit.

Discovered in 2014 in Montana, USA, Horridus was recovered from under 3.5 meters of sandstone. Since arriving in Melbourne in 2021, a team of paleontologists, curators and collections managers from Museums Victoria have been working to prepare the fossil for display.

This exhibit is part of a $36.2 million investment provided by the Labor Government in the Victorian Budget 2021-22 to support the creation of new immersive family experiences at the Melbourne Museum, including Triceratops: the fate of the dinosaurs.

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As Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said

“Horridus and his incredible story will be a huge drawcard for the Melbourne Museum, inspiring wonder, curiosity and delight in dinosaur fans of all ages for generations to come.”

“The museum is constantly changing and that’s one of the reasons why Victorians love it so much. We are proud to offer an awe-inspiring attraction that will be a crowd pleaser and lead to a new understanding of our natural history.

As stated by Lynley Crosswell, CEO and Director of Museums Victoria

“It’s not uncommon for museums to collect dinosaur fossils. It is exceptional, however, for a museum to have a specimen of the quality and importance of this fossil, we look forward to the public experiencing Horridus.

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