The Institute of Science exhibits the rare species of dinosaurs and other reptiles and birds from the Mesozoic Era ever displayed in Metro Detroit. Encompassing a massive 6,000 square feet on two levels with more than 60 skeletal mounts, casted and restored from original specimens, World of Dinosaurs immerses the visitor with dinosaurs and the remarkable reptiles of the air and sea that shared their world. The primary focus of World of Dinosaurs is on the extinct animals and environment of the Late Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Dinosaurs
World of Dinosaurs: Land
The specimens here are derived largely from river and lake deposits in North America and Asia. It Exhibits:
- Specimens of Allosaurus,
- The sleek theropod Ceratosaurus,
- The bizarre gnarly ankylosaurMyomoorapelta,
- And the familiar Stegosaurus.
World of Dinosaurs: Sea
The specimens here are derived from shallow sea deposits that covered the western interior of North America, North Africa and Europe. It includes,
- Long snake-like Mosasaurus,
- The 24’ long plesiosaur Elasmosaurus,
- A 10’ long Ichthyosaurus from England,
- A real, superbly preserved complete Ichthyosaurus from Germany (Holzmaden Shale),
- And an actual partial mandible of a Moroccan Mosasaurus.
World of Dinosaurs: Air
The specimens here come from Western North America, Brazil and Germany.
- The pterosaur specimens (flying reptiles) are suspended over various appropriate portions of the exhibit, they include:
- The majestic Pteranodon with a 24’ wingspan, from the western interior of North America,
- Brazilian pterosaurs - two flying examples of Anhanguera (13’ wingspan)
- One in terrestrial pose and a flock of five in flight specimens of Tapejera (5’ wingspan);
- And 4 bat-like specimens of Rhamphorhynchus from the Late Jurassic of Germany (Solenhofen Limestone).