Predator Trap-Stegosaurus juvenile, Allosaurus juvenile trapped in mudThe Saskatchewan Science Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. There will be additional events down the road, including a special science blitz July 4-6 called “25 Hours of Science” that will involve science demos, guest-speakers, a barbecue and more. A science fair is also planned for Oct. 10-11, along with a gala banquet that same month.

Today, though, the Science Centre opens this touring exhibition which consists of life-size animatronic models of various dinosaur species  set in realistic Mesozoic era habitat. Apparently, when the Science Centre opened in 1989 one of the first exhibits it hosted was on dinosaurs. So this exhibit is an appropriate way to celebrate its silver anniversary.

No offense to Megamunch (which took up residence at the Royal Sask Museum in 1986) and other animatronic dinosaurs back then, but technology is much more sophisticated today so this promises to be a spectacular show. Not only is the technology different, paleontologists in the intervening 25 years have revised many of their theories around the appearance and behaviour of dinosaurs. So the show will be enlightening from that perspective as well.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens today and runs until Sept. 30. Apparently, two of the dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops, will be on display outside the Science Centre for the entire summer. For more info, visit the Science Centre website.