New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science


Age of Giants

Age of Giants
Image By: NMMNHS archives

Additional Credits: Mural by Ely Kish

Murals of prehistoric animals painted by world famous artist Ely Kish can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario and in many other museums, galleries, and books. Ely Kish painted this mural for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in 1985-1986.

The mural depicts a late afternoon in New Mexico during the Late Jurassic, 150 million years ago. A river slowly flows by, dinosaurs are active in the river and along its bank, and pterosaurs fly overhead. The giant sauropod dinosaur Camarasaurus wades in the water, while the meat-eater Allosaurus threatens a Stegosaurus, and a plant eater, Camptosaurus, takes a dust bath on the river bank.