February 23, 2010
At the climax of the silent 1925 adaption of The Lost World, a living “Brontosaurus” brought back from a remote Venezuelan plateau wreaks havoc in London. The scene was obviously fiction, but a new exhibit in the heart of the city now allows residents and visitors to imagine what such prehistoric beasts would have been like in an urban setting.
Called “Dinosaurs Unleashed,” the exhibition features two dozen dinosaurs that will be on display along Oxford Street until the end of April. While some of the dinosaurs are placed around prehistoric-looking plants, the real draw is the chance to see the animatronic robots in the middle of the city. Who knows? Maybe anachronistic displays of dinosaurs in the city will even inspire someone to write the next “dinosaurs run amok” blockbuster.
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