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Japan's Pokemon Fossil Museum Looks Incredible

Japan's Pokemon Fossil Museum Looks Incredible
Images: Toyohashi Museum of Natural History

Written by 

Joseph Kime

Posted 

14th Jul 2022 10:03

Pokemon have always been fascinating, with their own origins and stories - but the existence of fossils in the universe implies that they've been around for a very long time.

It would seem there aren't any normal animals in the Pokemon universe, and every creature past and present is either a human or a Pokemon. Or are humans Pokemon? Actually, we'd rather not know.

Either way, the Pokemon fossils imply the existence of beasties long before our time - and the real-life Pokemon fossil museum is an intriguing and charming reflection of that. From overseas, we can see inside and explore for ourselves.

What Is The Pokemon Fossil Museum?

Japan's Pokemon Fossil Museum Looks Incredible
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The Pokemon fossil exhibit is developed in the Toyohashi Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Pokemon Company. Although it was once exclusively for those who could make it to Toyohashi, there is now a digital tour of the exhibit so that anyone can take a look for themselves.

The exhibit shows off the skeletons of Pokemon in comparison with other real-life fossils, with the main event being the skeleton of a Tyrannitar. It's a touring showcase that started in Hokkaido, before heading over to Shimane, then Tokyo, and now Toyohashi.

 

The exhibit was designed to help teach children more about fossils and dinosaurs by displaying Pokemon side-by-side with real fossils and artefacts. Let's be honest though, it's just as brilliant for grown-up nerds. 

How Do I Tour The Pokemon Fossil Exhibit?

Unless you're willing to trek all the way to Toyohashi to see it in person, you can take a tour all by yourself in your browser. Well, that should save some time and money. 

All you have to do is head to this site run by the Museum of Natural History to take a look around the halls yourself. The exhibit is all yours to poke around in at your leisure, with all the Omanytes and Aerodactyls you could ever want.

It's very sweet to see that Pokemon has been integrated with our real-life history to help kids get to grips with dinos and the like. Still, us wannabe Ash Ketchums are just as likely to enjoy the Pokemon fossil exhibit to help us complete our prehistoric Pokedex. 

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