Q. What Came Before Dinosaurs? A. These Permian Monsters, At Horniman Museum

Inostrancevia and Scutosaurus at Permian Monsters exhibition
Share
Tweet

Ever wonder what came BEFORE the dinosaurs? Your kids are sure to ask you sooner or later. Better get them along to the Permian Monsters exhibition at south London’s Horniman Museum, which answers the question… with teeth.

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is among the best family museums in the country. It has everything from an aquarium to a sundial trail to a famous, overstuffed walrus. Now it has an exhibition about the fang-toothed creatures who preceded the dinosaurs. Like the titanophonus.


This cow-sized creature was the top predator of the time with a nightmarish dental arrangement. More placid-looking was the dimetrodon, whose sail-like back will perhaps be familiar from dinosaur books: 

Don’t call it a dinosaur, though… it’s officially a ‘non-mammalian synapsid’ and is more closely related to us mammals than to the reptiles. It died out some 40 million years before the first dinosaurs.

As did most of the Permian Monsters. Their sad fate was to be killed in a poorly understood cataclysm that shook the Earth 252 million years ago. The mass extinction, which killed 90% of all large animals, paved the way for the dinosaurs and, ultimately, us.

The Horniman Museum tells the story of the Permian era with a mix of full-size animatronic models and fossil remains. “It was a time of fearsome sabre-toothed predators, giant insects and bizarre-looking sharks,” we’re told. Immerse your family in this alien world any time from now until 3 January 2021.

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs is a travelling exhibition produced by Gondwana Studios.

Entrance to the Horniman Museum is free, but paid, prebooked tickets are needed for this exhibition.


Ticket deal: kids got a thing for animatronic animals? Then they’ll love Dinosaur World Live at the Drive In, north London. If you’re quick, we’ve got a 39% off deal.


Disclaimer

Disclaimer

At Kidadl we pride ourselves on offering families original ideas to make the most of time spent together at home or out and about, wherever you are in the world. We strive to recommend the very best things that are suggested by our community and are things we would do ourselves - our aim is to be the trusted friend to parents.

We try our very best, but cannot guarantee perfection. We will always aim to give you accurate information at the date of publication - however, information does change, so it’s important you do your own research, double-check and make the decision that is right for your family.

Kidadl provides inspiration to entertain and educate your children. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.

Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong.

Sponsorship & Advertising Policy

Kidadl is independent and to make our service free to you the reader we are supported by advertising.

We hope you love our recommendations for products and services! What we suggest is selected independently by the Kidadl team. If you purchase using the buy now button we may earn a small commission. This does not influence our choices. Please note: prices are correct and items are available at the time the article was published.

Kidadl has a number of affiliate partners that we work with including Amazon. Please note that Kidadl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.

We also link to other websites, but are not responsible for their content.

Read our Sponsorship & Advertising Policy
Get The Kidadl Newsletter

1,000 of inspirational ideas direct to your inbox for things to do with your kids.

Thank you! Your newsletter will be with you soon.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
No items found.