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Sixty-six million years ago, giant carnivorous dinosaurs ruled the landscape. There was no bigger killer than the Majungasaurus in Madagascar, and with your help, this top predator — and known cannibal — will soon be on display at the new U-M Museum of Natural History. 

With your support, the new U-M Museum of Natural History will bring this exciting exhibit to life and continue the museum’s tradition of having the largest display of prehistoric life in the state of Michigan.

Why Majungasaurus?

Majungasaurus is a predatory dinosaur that lived in Madagascar just before the mass extinction that wiped out all dinosaurs except birds worldwide. Majungasaurus was 20 feet long and weighed about a ton. Its relatively short arms stretched just over a foot long — even shorter than a T. rex. It might seem strange for a predator to have short arms, but Majungasaurus and other predators in southern areas like India, Africa, and South America shared the unusual feature.


Majungasaurus and its relatives had other distinguishing features, such as horns or bone ridges on their heads, which made them unique and recognizable. The breakup of continental landmasses during the dinosaur era might have led to their unique and notable evolution.

Yes! I want to help bring Majungasaurus to "the Dinosaur Museum"!

Sponsorship Levels

Click on the bone you wish to sponsor

There is no limit to the number of donors for each level. Buy a Bone amounts do not reflect the actual value of the components.

  • Please provide the names as you wish them to appear on your Buy a Bone Certificates in the comment section of the online "Configure Your Gift" page
  • If you are purchasing more than one bone, please enter the appropriate dollar amount in your online "Giving Basket" 

Buy a Bone donors will receive:

  • A Buy a Bone certificate and U-M tax receipt
  • An invitation to an exhibit preview reception to see Majungasaurus before the new museum opens to the public
  • $500+ donors will be listed in the museum’s new digital donor display in the museum atrium 
  • $1,000+ donors will be invited to tour the museum’s new Evolution: Life Through Time gallery with a U-M paleontologist  
  • $5,000+ donors will be invited to a behind-the-scenes museum tour with the museum director

Contact Us

For more information, contact Nora Webber at norawe@umich.edu, or call 734-936-5834. Orders must be received by December 14 for delivery by December 25.