Welcome to The Ed Leith Cretaceous Menagerie!
Take a journey to the Cretaceous Period of 145 million to 65 million years ago, when the world was very different from that of today. The menagerie features complete skeletal replicas of four gigantic creatures from that fascinating time.
As you enter the menagerie, imagine that you're stepping into a Cretaceous landscape. An aggressive tyrannosaurid dinosaur comes at you! Look up and envision the sea, with three monsters swimming above you: the world's largest turtle, a vicious fish, and a formidable mosasaur (“sea lizard”). A stairway leads to the balcony, where you can join the sea creatures and get a bird's-eye view of the dinosaur.
On the wall under the stairway, there's a panel dedicated to Ed Leith. Other panels describe the Cretaceous Period and the Cretaceous rocks and fossils of Manitoba. In the “bone bed” display, see how real fossils of marine reptiles appear, as they're unearthed in southwestern Manitoba. On the wall in front of the stairway, there are panels about each of the four spectacular beasts in the menagerie.
Enjoy The Ed Leith Cretaceous Menagerie! There's ample space for individuals and groups to wander through the menagerie, to have a seat around the dinosaur, and to think about the past, present, and future of our evolving Earth.
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