2019 New Exhibit, Niamey International Airport

A paleontological exhibit graces the main hall in Niamey’s new International Airport.

NigerHeritage opened its first exhibit on an international stage as the centerpiece of the newly constructed international terminal of the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The exhibit was installed just prior to the inaugural mid-year African Union Summit, hosted by Niger in June of 2019, that attracted scores of Africa’s presidents. At the center of the exhibit is a mounted skeleton of the Jurassic predator, Afrovenator, the first Saharan dinosaur to be mounted. At another end of the display in a 6-foot long skull of the crocodilian Sarcosucus (aka SuperCroc), still the largest known crocodile to have evolved on Earth. The exhibit draws attention to the unique paleontological patrimony of Niger.

Airport terminal exhibit

Exhibit panels

Afrovenator, the “African hunter”

Gadoufaoua scene, Niger 110 million years ago (painting my Todd Marshall)