Overall, I was very impressed by the number and quality of the mounts. The exhibit is arranged as a "prehistoric safari," in which you begin your walk-through in the Pre-Cambrian and make your way forward through exhibits into the Pleistocene.
The hall itself is rather stark, with the mounts on platforms like items of modern art. Gorgeous backlit, ultra-realistic illustrations adorn the walls next to the exhibits, putting flesh and blood on the fauna and filling in the flora.
Highlights from the Age of Reptiles include three tyrannosaurs; a nesting pair of Quetzalcoaltus (and one soaring overhead); a hadrosaur mummy (a cast of Leonardo, I believe); a Triceratops skin fossil; an Acrocanthosaurus; and a host of aquatic reptiles and Mesozoic mammals and invertebrates. The Age of Mammals displays were equally extensive.
Here are some pictures:
|Not a dinosaur|
|My, what big teeth...|
|Cretaceous "Tasmanian devil"|