Newly Found Fossils Go On Show In Dinosaur Museum In Fukui

Monday, April 9, 2018

A complete skeleton of a Tsintaosaurus is displayed on March 17 at a special exhibition at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture. (Ryo Kageyama)

For dinosaur buffs wanting to see the latest finds, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum here is holding a special exhibition showcasing fossils newly discovered in fiscal 2017.

The special exhibition, titled “Excavation 2017,” started March 17. It will run through May 6.

The museum is displaying new fossils found from April 1, 2017, to the end of March 2018 in the series of the fourth excavation between fiscal 2013 and 2018.

Featured fossils include rocks in which the teeth of ankylosauria and the bone fossils of ornithopods have been concentrated.

In the fiscal 2017 excavation, more than 4,000 fragments of vertebrate animals were found. Of these, more than 100 fossils of dinosaurs have been lined up for the special show.

In addition to the authentic fossils, about six complete skeletons related to fossils discovered in Katsuyama are being shown. They include the plant-eating Fukuisaurus, large ornithopod Tsintaosaurus, and a new kind of ankylosauria, “Jinyunpelta,” which was just named in February and will be put on display from the end of March.

On the same day of the start of the exhibition, a 16-meter-tall monument of Rainbow Saurus, the museum’s icon, was unveiled in front of the museum after repair work on it was completed. It was first displayed in 2000.

The fee for the special exhibition is included with regular museum admission of 260 yen ($2.45) for elementary and junior high school students, 410 yen for high school and college students and 720 yen for adults.