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Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:55:33 PM »
I've just been to Zürich / Switzerland (the town my mother was born) for a few days and took pics of everything palaeontology related I could find :).

Day 1: The Aathal Museum; Day 2: 'World of Dinosaurs' in Männedorf; Day 3: The Zoologic Museum of the University Zürich

So let's get started!

Aathal Museum  Part 1

In front of the museum, which looks pretty small from the outside (a delusion!) there's a Stegosaurus - pretty nice sculpt, reminds me a bit of the Wild Safari figure :).



Right after you've passed the entrance, you're standing in the middle of the museum shop that offers a nice bunch of figures from Carnegie to Favorite, but way overpriced.
The shop is surrounded by a Diplodocus skeleton sculpt made after some TV creature.




Let's go to the 'Dinosaurs of Europe' room first:

Two models by the door: Scelidosaurus from England & Juravenator from Germany





Torvosaurus skull, Europasaurus holgeri & Tethyshadros insularis "Antonio"



                         





Miragaia longicollum



Rhabdodon priscus & Neovenator salerii











Iguanodon bernissartensis



Plateosaurus



Something for the retro lovers:
Old sculpts of Megalosaurus & Iguanodon





....... and the very first European theropod find: a fragment of a Megalosaurus' mandibula




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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012, 12:17:16 AM »
Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. I just love that Tethyshadros.

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2012, 03:16:44 AM »
What an awesome museum!  Some of those skeletal mounts bust be relatively new right?

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 04:27:32 AM »
Some amazing dinosaurs there, thanks so much for sharing them !!!
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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2012, 11:44:11 AM »
Amazing museum. I like all skeletons oh this museum  ^-^.
[Off Nick and Eddie's reactions to the dinosaurs] Oh yeah "Ooh, aah", that's how it always starts. But then there's running and screaming.



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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2012, 01:46:17 PM »
 :) Thanks for the comments!
It is an amazing museum and it has improved since I was there some years ago.
I talked to the lady who works at the shop and she said that it's all privately financed. You probably can only find that in Switzerland :-\.

Aathal Museum  Part 2

A corridor with Dinosaur skulls:

Allosaurus "Big AL Two"



Diplodocus "H.Q. Zwei"



Camptosaurus "Arky"



Stegosaurus "Victoria"



Stegosaurus "Moritz"



Apatosaurus "Max"



Camarasaurus "E.T."








Having a look outside, there's a Jurassic Park atmosphere at the children's playground :).





Will the bloodthirsty beast devour the little girls :o?


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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2012, 02:40:14 PM »
Aathal Museum  Part 3

A sauropod baby of the diplodocid family about 6 months old and 1.7 m long.
They named him "Toni" - he's really cute :D!










Entering the 'Howe ranch' room:



This Diplodocus was too large in that room - impossible for me to take a pic of its full length.











Allosaurus "Big AL Two" way up on the wall





Othnielia "Barbara"





Diplodocus "H.Q. Eins"






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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 03:10:21 PM »
Cool pictures, I see they changed the exposition in the room above the entry / shop, I might go again for another visit next time we have a bad weather weekend...
Waitng for the rest of your pictures...
I am sure there is a lot more to come, seeing that there is quite a few rooms not yet covered here...  ;D

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2012, 06:19:26 PM »
Wonderful photos; looks like a good museum.

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2012, 07:51:17 PM »
Oh, my gosh...  :o Mega drool at these latest pictures!

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2012, 08:31:35 PM »
What a cool place, very up to date too!  Great photos Postsaurischian! :)
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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 10:24:41 PM »
 :D Thanks everybody for the nice comments - I'm glad you like it.

Waitng for the rest of your pictures...
I am sure there is a lot more to come, seeing that there is quite a few rooms not yet covered here...  ;D

 ;D he, he, you're right of course ....... but in the meantime by way of variation .......

World of Dinosaurs  Part 1

Not far from Zürich city, still by the Zürich lake in Männedorf, after a good walk uphill they had some life-sized prehistoric models built up on the alp. I've seen lots of white goats on my way up and could even listen to some alphorns - or was I only dreaming? Not the typical Dinosaur environment ;D.


juvenile Apatosaurus at the entrance







Struthiomimus on the way to the main meadow





Megatherium





Elasmotherium





Iguanodon family













another Iguanodon having trouble with a pack of Deinonychus









Pachycephalosaurus





Dimetrodon / Edaphosaurus ???





Kentrosaurus




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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2012, 12:18:09 AM »
Aathal Museum  Part 4

Entering the 'Feathered Dinosaurs' room:



Diatryma (not a Dinosaur, but feathered)





Archaeopteryx







Velociraptor











Microraptor





Sinosauropteryx



Caudipteryx




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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2012, 02:21:10 AM »
Wow!  Those feathered dinosaur models are spectacular! :o :o

And I really like that Kentrosaurus statue too. :)
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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2012, 06:53:44 AM »
 :o :o :o These may be the best feathered dinosaur models I've seen!

(Diatryma is a dinosaur, Helge, surely?  ;D)

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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2012, 06:11:53 PM »
Pretty good looking.

Looks like the models at "World of Dinosaurs" are also made by Wolters Design, who made the ones at Münchehagen. Indeed some of them even have the same paintjob. As for the "Dimetrodon", that is actually Edaphosaurus.
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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2012, 07:18:11 PM »
:o :o :o These may be the best feathered dinosaur models I've seen!

I do agree! I instantly fell in love with Archaeopteryx & Microraptor :).

(Diatryma is a dinosaur, Helge, surely?  ;D)

... well, in a way it is :).

As for the "Dimetrodon", that is actually Edaphosaurus.

I was thinking the same looking at the sail from far away, but the skull looks rather 'dimetrodonian' to me :-\.

World of Dinosaurs  Part 2

Diplodocus with infants

















Stegosaurus with infant







Euoplocephalus







Centrosaurus







Allosaurus






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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2012, 08:46:24 PM »
Well, that is the Edaphosaurus in Münchehagen:
http://www.gilbertbrands.de/fotoalbum/dinopark/dinopark_m_nchehagen/dsc_6604_jpg.jpeg.html
The model seems to be newer ( one of several to be newer, same for the infant Diplodocus ) than the one in Switzerland, but the skull is very similar.  Both are also "smiling", while the Wolter Dimetrodons generally are protrayed with open mouths.
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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2012, 09:11:01 PM »
Well, that is the Edaphosaurus in Münchehagen:
http://www.gilbertbrands.de/fotoalbum/dinopark/dinopark_m_nchehagen/dsc_6604_jpg.jpeg.html

Nice one :)! Looks a bit more like Edaphosaurus. On the Zürich model the snout is far too long for an Edapho. It's a mixture of both species ;D.


Aathal Museum  Part 5

large Theropod skulls:



Allosaurus



Ceratosaurus



Carnotaurus



Monolophosaurus



Tyrannosaurus



T. rex "Stan"



Tarbosaurus





The biggest hand in the world :)




....... entering the 'Marine Reptiles' room:

Tylosaurus, Archelon & Elasmosaurus




















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Re: Visiting Zürich / Switzerland
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2012, 05:32:22 PM »
Zoologic Museum of the University Zürich  Part 1

When I went to the Zoologic Museum I was in such a hurry, I only had 30 minutes ::), I had to rush and take as many pictures as possible.
There was soo much more to explore. I'll have to go there again next year :)!
Sorry - I don't know all the species' names :-[. Maybe someone can help out.

Coelacanth





Tanystropheus longobardicus











Placodus





Askeptosaurus italicus



Thaumatosaurus



????





????



Lariosaurus balsami



Ceresiosaurs & Pachypleurosaurs

















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