Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur

  • Now Open
December 15, 2018 to May 20, 2019
  • Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery
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Come face to face with Zuul, the gnarly-faced, horned armoured dinosaur with a sledgehammer-like tail in this ROM original exhibition.
The Exhibition

This remarkably well-preserved ankylosaur was recently identified by ROM paleontologists as a new species, and now they can’t help but wonder: what was life like for Zuul?

Seventy-six million years ago this 6-metre-long, 2.5-ton, plant-eating ankylosaur, covered in body armour from its head down to its menacing tail club, roamed the Earth. Today, Zuul is one of the most complete skeletons of its kind ever found. While its body armour and spiked tail club tell an evolutionary story of protection and survival against threatening predators, the fossilized plants and animals – including turtles, crocodiles, and leaves that were also found with Zuul – shed new light on the Cretaceous environment it inhabited. 

Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur takes you on a hands-on, interactive journey into Zuul’s world; from its discovery in 2014 and the fascinating research being done to further our understanding of these powerful animals, to Zuul’s life in the lush Cretaceous period 76 million years ago, where its body armour and tail club were crucial for defence.

So, grab your gear, lace up your boots, and travel back in time millions of years to explore the life of an armoured dinosaur.

Thank you to Our Zuul Donors

Exhibition Highlights
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Upcoming Events
January 25; 7:00 to 11:30 pm
Join us on the dance floor as we celebrate #FNL Encore. Featuring complimentary access to the new ROM exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur.
January 27; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come along on a prehistoric journey millions of years in the making! From tiny beginnings to enormous dinosaurs, join ROM researchers and discover how fossils trace the incredible history of life on Earth.
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Explore the perilous world of the illicit international fossil trade with New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams, as she delves into the riveting true story of one man's dangerous obsession with a rare dinosaur skeleton.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow
Join Palaeontologists Tom Holtz and Victoria Arbour as they discuss the co-evolution of tyrannosaurs and armoured dinosaurs such as Zuul in this lively debate-style presentation.
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
Explore the making of Zuul with Peter May of Research Casting International. As the leader of a team of experts in the preparation and mounting of complex fossils, Peter delivers insights into the making of this ROM original exhibition.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Join ROM researcher Cary Woodruff as he explores the important roles herbivorous dinosaurs played in their ecosystems.