Opening in the Art of Science Gallery, Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii features the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils.
The Academy of Natural Sciences was the first in the world to create a mounted dinosaur skeleton for display, and to this day the Academy is known as “the dinosaur museum.” Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus foulkii is an intimate exhibit that reveals the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. The centerpiece is a full cast of the plant-eating duckbill dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J., by an Academy member and later reconstructed by the artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins based on Academy research.
Dinosaur artist and educator Jason Poole will create a life-size drawing of a famous dinosaur while museum visitors watch on the opening day of the new exhibit. He will will use colored chalk on a blackboard installed in the Art of Science Gallery to draw the 25-foot-long, duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur. Museum visitors can watch the process and ask questions. A time-lapse video of the daylong drawing session will be created and installed in the exhibit the following week.