Mesozoic Mayhem features new tyrannosaurs from southern Utah including a complete skeletal cast of Teratophoneus, and the skull of Lythronax. Other themes are dinosaur-bird evolution with Deinonychus, a pack of rampaging velociraptors and primitive birds; and the end Cretaceous extinction with Triceratops, T. rex and a display of the K-Pg asteroid fall out layer from southern Colorado. Most of the skeletal casts were leased from Still Life Studios – The Hankla Collection. Mesozoic Mayhem runs from through January 2017 and complements the prehistoric predator theme of the traveling exhibit Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, which will also be on display in the Institute’s Changing Exhibit Hall from October 1, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
The new display was developed and installed with assistance of interns from Flint Community Schools as part of an internship program funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.