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ABOUT THE SHOW

TRIASSIC PERIOD

245 TO 208 MILLION YEARS AGO

Roughly 248 million years ago (mya), the Permo-Triassic extinction occurred. This is the largest extinction known. About 95% of all species and about 60% of the genera died out, including many marine animals (like the trilobite). The cause of the Permian extinction might have been global cooling, volcanic eruptions, or a decrease in the continental shelf area during the formation of the giant continent, Pangaea. This catastrophic extinction and continental rearrangement opened the way for the rise of the dinosaurs and mammals.

There were no dinosaurs at the beginning of the Triassic, but there were many amphibians and some reptiles and dicynodonts (like Lystrosaurus). During the early Triassic, corals appeared and ammonites recovered. The Triassic meadows and prairies would have been covered in ferns, low cycads, club mosses and horsetails as these plants dominated the land; in the Northern hemisphere, conifers flourished. There was no grass and no flowers.

The first half of the Triassic was dry and highly seasonal, with particularly large annual temperature variations in the vast continental interior of Pangaea. Low sea levels probably exaggerated these temperature extremes. The environment was harsh, with deserts and dry wilderness. 230 million years ago a unique breed of reptile appears, the dinosaur. Most Triassic dinosaurs were small bipeds, but at the end of the Triassic the first large sauropods appear.

SHOW FACTS

  • The show has been performed in over 250 cities worldwide
  • Over 9 million people have seen the show since it started
  • It takes a team of 3 people to operate 1 dinosaur
  • Each large dinosaur weighs approximately 1.6 tons
  • 21 trucks (each 14.5 metres in length) are needed to move the production