An exhibition has opened in the Zhytomyr Regional Museum of Local Lore, which exhibits the skeleton of a dinosaur psitacosaurus (dinosaur-parrot), whose age reaches from 12 to 40 million years.
An Ukrinform correspondent reports this.
“We didn’t want to give this exhibition a name. It is like a signal that the museum lives and works. Despite the difficult times, we carry out all types of work – fund, forwarding, scientific. This exhibition presents mainly new arrivals. Most of these things are not in other museums in Ukraine. Our scientific connections have allowed us to cooperate with collectors. Thanks to this, the skeleton of the dinosaur Psitacosaurus is exhibited at the exhibition. We helped assemble the skeleton, and for that we were allowed to exhibit it,” said Petr Pechenyuk, head of the nature department of the Zhytomyr Regional Museum of Local Lore.
According to him, the skeleton of the psitacosaurus dinosaur, which is also called the parrot dinosaur, was provided for the museum exhibition by a volunteer, paleontologist and collector from Kyiv Nikolay Pilipenko.
This is a dinosaur from the Jurassic period of the Mesozoic era. Its age is from 12 to 40 million years. Psitacosaurus lived in East Asia. In total, there are about 400 skeletons of this animal in the world.
The dinosaur skeleton was preserved due to the fact that its bones penetrated into the stone material. Under the pressure of sedimentary rocks, his skull was deformed.
“Among the exhibits are the most ancient representatives of animal life on earth. These are imprints on sedimentary rocks of jellyfish-like organisms, which are very rare on the territory of Ukraine. Here you can see the prints of the most ancient psilophyte plants,” Pechenyuk added.
The exhibition also features paintings by the Zhytomyr artist Alexander Kantserov, who collaborated with the museum in the 1920s and 1930s.
The exhibition will be held in the local history museum for about 1.5 months.