By now everyone knows the Pokémon series was largely inspired by the bug-collecting and battling days of creator Satoshi Tajiri’s childhood days. But it’s often forgotten what an outsized role prehistoric creatures played in the development of the series; after all, evolution itself serves as a primary aspect of Pokémon.
With that in mind, the influence of prehistoric life such as dinosaurs on the series becomes obvious. And now, the franchise is teaming up with The National Museum of Nature and Science in Japan for a collaboration called “Pokémon Fossil Museum” that pays tribute to the dinosaurs and other ancient creatures that have served as inspiration for many of the series’ characters.
From this year though the next, the “Pokémon Fossil Museum” will tour through many museums across Japan. Attendees will get to see first-hand how Pokémon such as Tyrantrum were inspired by dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurs Rex, or how closely Cranidos resembles a Pachycephalosaurus – as just a few examples. The exhibition is sure to provide some educational insight into the paleontology side of Pokémon.
There will even be full-scale models of Pokémon skeletons to compare to their real-life counterparts.
And it’s all just another part of Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary celebration.
The “Pokémon Fossil Museum” is scheduled to visit different museums all over Japan, starting with the Mikasa City Museum in Hokkaido from July 4, 2021 to September 20, 2021. Then in the fall, it will arrive at the Shimane Prefectural Sampei Nature Museum, followed by Tokyo’s National Science Museum in Spring 2022.
Currently the tour is expected to end at the Toyohashi Museum of Natural History in Aichi in Summer 2022; although more dates and locations could be added over time.