Specimen courtesy Duke Lemur Center
Photo by Paul Mutino
Masiakasaurus, a small predatory theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar
Modeled by Sean Murtha/Bruce Museum
Elephant Bird egg with Chicken egg
Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past
April 11, 2015 - November 8, 2015
This exhibiton is generously supported by Gabelli Funds
The Charles M. And Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund
and a Committee of Honor.
Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past has a title that only hints at the intrigue waiting for visitors to the Bruce Museum’s science gallery.
Isolated for the last 88 million years, Madagascar is populated by hundreds of remarkable species that are found nowhere else on Earth.
Visitors will explore three major phases of Malagasy history and encounter a variety of living and extinct species.
- The exhibition includes casts of a carnivorous theropod dinosaur suspected of cannibalism and a snub-nosed plant-eating crocodilian.
- Visitors will encounter giant lemurs, pygmy hippos and the elephant bird, a giant flightless species with an egg holding the volume of 150 chicken eggs!
- The exhibition concludes by touching on the present, following the rapid extinction of many species as humans arrive on Madagascar.