1997 May 24 - 1997 September 30
"The Lost World: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" was an exhibition featuring forty newly discovered dinosaur specimens and presented the latest scientific evidence concerning dinosaur behaviors, live cycles, and diversity. Highlights included a 70-foot-long reconstruction of a Mamenschisaurus; the skull of a Giganotosaurus; the head and neck of an Amargasaurus; a re-creation of a dinosaur excavation site, a laboratory setting complete with fossil specimens and a video presentation exploring the possible causes of the mass extinction of dinosaurs. The exhibition also featured the first public display of the newly sculpted models from the movie The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The exhibit contrasted the realm of movie-making with that of scientific research. Included were video clips featuring scenes with dinosaurs from the movie. The exhibition was co-organized by the Museum and Dinosaur Exhibitions, LLC. Scientific advisors were Michael J. Novacek, senior vice-president and provost, and curator, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Mark Norell, chairman and associate curator, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, both of the Museum. The exhibition producer was Don Lessem, founder of Dinosaur Exhibitions, LLC. Principally sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, the exhibit was on view in the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History from May 24 through September 30, 1997.
Individuals and institutions involved in the creation of the exhibition: Dinosaur Exhibitions, LLC; Michael J. Novacek; Mark Norell; Don Lessem; AMNH Department of Vertebrate Paleontology.
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