Temporary Exhibition » Giants



  • Visitors around the life-size 3D model of Paraceratherium (illustration: Claude Desmedt / RBINS)


Fri, 20/10/2023 to Sun, 25/08/2024

GIANTS: a BIG opportunity to feel small 

Smilodon, Paraceratherium, Megatherium… They all roamed the earth after the dinosaurs. Do you know about them?

66 million years ago, an asteroid impact caused the extinction of a vast number of animal species like dinosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. Providing an opportunity for a few small animals that had until then lived in the shadow of the giants! They diversified, and some grew in size, sometimes even to gigantic proportions.

GIANTS will take you on a journey back in time, from the Paleogene to the Quaternary. Meet eleven animals of spectacular proportions such as Otodus megalodon, the most powerful shark to ever have lived, and Gigantopithecus blacki, the Asian monkey as big as three orang-utans.

Admire 6 life-size 3D animal representations and 5 (almost) complete skeletons and conduct your own research like a palaeontologist using interactive elements and multimedia images. Explore the lives of these giants. Who were they? What were the advantages of their large size? And why did they go extinct? They have since been replaced by other giant animals… but for how much longer? Many of the current giants - think elephants, rhinos and whales - are under pressure...

An exhibition for families and school groups (9+ years old).

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