After roaming the freezing streets of Pittsburgh and admiring good ole “Dippy the Dinosaur,” it was finally time to enter the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. We anxiously purchased our tickets before making our way down an immense corridor leading to the dinosaurs. I knew we were in the right place when I spied their famous “Lion Attacking a Dromedary” display.
During the Late Cretaceous, and about thirty million years before T-Rex would reign over North America, an even larger meat-eater dominated what is now Argentina. Giganotosaurus (Greek for “giant southern lizard”) was discovered in 1993 and, so far as size goes, measures around forty-five feet long; placing it somewhere between Tyrannosaurus Rex and the great Spinosaurus. The current consensus in the Paleontology community is that this beast likely hunted in packs and may even have taken on the fifty-ton Argentinosaurus; one of the largest sauropods to have ever lived. Fifteen years after its discovery, Safari Ltd released a Giganotosaurus model as part of its Carnegie line (1989-2015) which, incidentally, I’d LOVE to add to my collection. Since then, Schleich released their own version in 2014 (which will be featured in its own post soon) and this year Safari released another Giganotosaurus a.k.a. the subject of this review. Giganotosaurus is part of the Carcharodontosauridae (“shark-toothed lizards”) family of theropods who rank as some of the largest predators to have ever walked the Earth.
Earlier this month, my friend and I froze our butts off visiting Pittsburgh. We’d planned the trip a few months back, choosing Pennsylvania as our meeting place since it’s halfway between his Rhode Island and my sweet home Chicago. We were celebrating his fiftieth birthday and I had an entire weekend of activities planned; none of which he knew anything about and would all come as a surprise. Thankfully, he’s a big dinosaur fan like myself and, with but a few exceptions, most of my prehistoric pit stops have been with him. So I’m pretty sure that of all my “surprise” birthday activities, this one was probably the least shocking. I mean how could we pass up our chance of finally seeing the famed Carnegie Museum of Natural History whose diplodocus specimen was once an International sensation?
2017 Apatosaurus Wild Safari Ltd
I love adding new sauropods to my display and diplodocus’ are always a great addition as they’re the longest of the long-necks. Wild Safari’s latest offering captures this aspect of the creature (love the curly tail) and also drew me in further via a striking teal/turquoise color scheme.
In 2015 I got a chance to see Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, a traveling exhibit that made its way to my local Field Museum of Natural History. Just as the named implied, the exhibit focused on the amazing relatives (not ancestors) of elephants, the Proboscideans. Personally, I try and visit this Museum at least twice a year and have enjoyed many of their temporary exhibits. This one was by far my favorite and, should it ever make its way to your neck of the woods, you should definitely check it out! Not only was it highly informative and visually appealing, but also encouraged visitors to touch and take photos with many of its lifelike models – definitely not the norm for museums. Continue reading