TV’s Packham backs Nottingham dinosaur exhibition

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has lent his support to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition, which will display some of the world’s best-preserved fossils in Nottingham.

Known for presenting popular nature programmes on TV, Packham has a passion for palaeontology and is keen to help tell the story of dinosaur evolution through the exhibits on show.

Described as a ‘world exclusive’, the exhibition will include Mamenchisaurus – the tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the UK – and the Gigantoraptor, the largest bird-like feathered dinosaur in the world.

Packham said: “The way dinosaurs have evolved is truly fascinating and I’m passionate about spreading the message far and wide.

“This exhibition provides a real once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the most exciting dinosaur discoveries in recent years and learn more about how dinosaurs actually looked when they roamed the earth.”

Opening in Nottingham on July 1, Dinosaurs of China is a collaboration between Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham, which have worked with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing and the Long Hao Institute of Geology and Paleontology Inner Mongolia.

Dr Adam Smith, exhibition curator, added: “We are extremely excited to be bringing together such an interesting collection of specimens, and delighted that Chris is supporting us. He shares our enthusiasm and understands the importance of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition.

“Several of the fossils on display are globally significant because they show that some dinosaurs had feathers.

“Many of the species have only been discovered in the past 20 years, and one was named just two years ago, so we really are showing these new discoveries to the world.”

Wollaton Hall will host the main exhibition (July 1-October 29), while the second exhibition at Nottingham University’s public arts centre, Lakeside Arts, will welcome the Alxasaurus and the Dilophosaurus to the university’s own Life Science collection.