PREHISTORIC: Erth’s Susie Hobbs with the new Australovenator and Jackson Eather and Michelle Robin-Anderson with their creatures.
PREHISTORIC: Erth’s Susie Hobbs with the new Australovenator and Jackson Eather and Michelle Robin-Anderson with their creatures. Alistair Brightman

Dinosaurs roar back to life at entertainment centre

GLADSTONE residents can step into a virtual time machine and watch dinosaurs walk the Earth on Thursday.

With painstakingly recreated puppets, Erth Visual and Physical Inc will bring its Dinosaur Zoo performance to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre at 11am.

Artistic director Scott Wright said the show had evolved from grass roots over the course of about 15 years.

"The team that we have making all the dinosaurs are very good sculptors that come with a variety of different skills," he said.

"Some are taxidermists and some are magicians or automata makers.

"We began making dinosaurs for museums and the work we did for them informed the investigation into Australian dinosaurs.

"The research that goes into the dinosaurs is informed by palaeontologists, based on their specialty."

The last time the show was in Gladstone was about three years ago.

But there is a new addition, Mr Wright said.

"It's a dinosaur that was found in Queensland, near Winton. It's called an Australovenator."

For ticket details, visit www.gladecc.com.au.