Jurassic Oceans Monster of the Deep Photo by Michelle Kuo Chicago Field Museum

The Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum closes on September 5, 2022.

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While dinosaurs ruled on land, reptiles reigned over the oceans.
Dive into the prehistoric seas that were home to enormous marine reptiles, crocodiles, and sharks.

In Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep, meet the underwater giants that lived 200 million years ago. As dinosaurs reached new heights, sea creatures became larger, faster, and fiercer. Experience what it’s like to stand (or swim) next to top predators like a plesiosaur—a reptile with flippers, a very long neck, and super sharp teeth.

The exhibition, which was produced and curated by London’s Natural History Museum, will showcase some of the top marine predators of the time. These include a true-to-life replica of a sleek, speedy reptile called an ichthyosaur and the skeleton of a long-necked plesiosaur.

Visitors will be able to get up close with a fossilized tail of one of the biggest fish ever discovered: Leedsichthys, a thirty-foot-long giant that cruised near the surface of the sea catching thousands of microscopic plankton. Museumgoers will also get to see real specimens of today’s marine reptiles: crocodiles, sea snakes, sea turtles, water monitors, and marine iguanas.

The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish. La exhibición está presentada en inglés y español.

For complete details please visit fieldmuseum.org/exhibitions/jurassic-oceans-monsters-deep

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