Scotland

Planet Dinosaur exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre

Dinosaur fossil in silhouette
Image caption The tour features models from the Planet Dinosaur television series

An exhibition of dinosaurs from a ground-breaking BBC television series has arrived in Scotland.

The Planet Dinosaur tour features many of the creatures brought to life in the programmes.

Visitors will be able to build a large-scale 3D reproduction Spinosaurus, the largest land predator ever discovered.

The tour is visiting eight cities in the UK. It will be in Scotland, at the Glasgow Science Centre, until 23 October.

Dinosaurs were the dominant land animals for 160 million years, making them one of the most successful groups of animals ever.

The name dinosaur translates as "terrible or wondrous lizards" and they evolved in a diverse range of sizes and shapes, from the gigantic plant-eating sauropods to the quick meat-eating tyrannosaurs.

Computer clay

They also sported an impressive array of body modifications including horns, scales and crests.

So far, the remains of more than 1,000 different dinosaur species have been identified from fossils.

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Media captionPlanet Dinosaur recreates live on Earth when dinosaurs were the dominant species.

Dinosaurs were given their name by the English palaeontologist Richard Owen in 1841.

The BBC series used the latest computer graphics and animation techniques to depict long-extinct creatures.

Much of the detail was created by a team from Jellyfish Pictures.

Creative Director Phil Dobree said: "Our modellers built what we call a proxy model, which is basically - in the early stages of blocking it out - getting the right shape and proportions.

"It's really just the same as clay modelling really but it's on a computer."

The exhibition has been designed to allow visitors to learn about the role of palaeontologists, explore the links between Spinosaurus and other dinosaurs, and discover when dinosaurs lived and how their time-line relates to human evolution.

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