India’s southern state museum adds robotic model of extinct dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex

STORY: India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu introduced a robotic dinosaur, which is a replica of extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex, in an endeavour to generate public interest.

The Madras Museum, which began in 1851, has many exhibitions on geology with rocks and minerals present on display.

The robotic dinosaur is first of its kind to be set up in a state-owned museum.

Robotic model of Tyrannosaurus Rex emits periodic roars, which makes it more realistic and the main attraction, especially for the school children.

“For a minute I thought that there is a live dinosaur standing in front of me and it even scared the kids. It is a wonderful thing and an amazing venture and people should come and see it. Since I have come to Chennai this is the most amazing thing I have seen,” said a visitor, Charanjit Singh.

Throngs of people visiting the museum are enthralled to catch a glimpse of this new addition of prehistoric proportions.

“ After we have installed this we are getting more crowds and specially more of the schoolchildren are coming here to watch this and per day we get more than 1000 visitors,” said curator, Anthropology department, Chennai museum, Brinda.

The dinosaur replica has been quite an expensive investment for the state.

The whole body of the robotic model of Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-Rex present is made of silica gel to give it a life like quality.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex, faced extinction 65 million years ago during Cretaceous- tertiary mass extinction, and was one of the largest land carnivores of all times.

It was found in forested river valleys in North America during the late Cretaceous period.

According to scientists, it lived in humid, semi-tropical environment, in open forests with nearby rivers and in coastal-forested swamps.