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Why Models Work The Dinosaur Edition



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

This lecture series features curators, collection managers and conservators presenting detailed studies of models currently on display in the exhibition, Mini Mega Model Museum at Melbourne Museum. Each edition explores the models in more detail from the experts who care for them and use them in their work.

In this edition join Senior Curator Thomas Rich presenting two centuries of changing ideas about the dinosaur Iguanodon; it’s an intriguing story of discovery and re-interpretation.

Tom will illustrate how scientists’ ideas of dinosaurs shifted from that of lumbering, sluggish reptiles to dynamic and sociable animals. He will explain how different lines of evidence led scientists to dramatically revise their view of Iguanodon and re-shape the models illustrating its pose and locomotion.

The exhibition will be open from 5-6pm for a pre-lecture viewing, including in the ticket price. Come along, meet the Curator of the exhibition and learn more about these amazing models.


  • Thomas Rich – Senior Curator, Vertebrate Palaeontology
  • Matilda Vaughan – Exhibition Curator, Mini Mega Model Museum (Curator, Engineering)