21st Jul, 2017

Full-sized feathered Dakotaraptor dinosaur is now on show in Touchwood ahead of NEC event

Chris Willmott 1st Jun, 2017 Updated: 1st Jun, 2017

A full sized, five-meter long, feathered female Dakotaraptor* dinosaur is on show in Touchwood Shopping Centre this weekend.

Last seen 67 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous Period, the feathered Dakotaraptor is unlike anything the public has seen before and debunks the popular myth that dinosaurs were brown and green scaly lizard like creatures.

The dinosaur has been painstakingly created by a team of experts from the Dinosaurs in The Wild experience, which is coming to Birmingham NEC from June 24 to August 23,

The brightly-coloured feathered dinosaur was unveiled in Birmingham’s Victoria Square yesterday (Wednesday).

Tim Haines, Creative Director of Dinosaurs in the Wild, said: “Following the latest scientific revelations it is now thought dinosaurs would have sported everything from spines, quills, simple shag and even elegant flight feathers.

“This is the first time dinosaurs have been shown in all their resplendent plumage.

“Dinosaurs were not as lizard like as once thought, even Tyrannosaurus could have had a shaggy mane.”

Renowned British palaeontologist, Dr Darren Naish, has advised on every aspect of the dinosaur science and guided the creation of the digital and animatronic creatures, to ensure that the Dinosaurs in the Wild experience reflects the latest scientific knowledge.

Dinosaurs in the Wild features 13 dinosaurs which have been accurately reimagined using the most up to date research, creating an immersive 70min experience where visitors travel back in time to see not just the dinosaurs that walked the globe, but the environment they lived in.

The multi-million pound live experience promises to show dinosaurs as they have never been seen before.

It is designed to make visitors feel as if they really are there with living dinosaurs, at that time in their world.