Exploring the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Part 2!

The first large room dedicated to dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History featured two of the most famous Sauropods, Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. The two often get mixed up but Diplodocus was a longer animal while Apatosaurus was larger.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Tracking down the Sinclair Dinosaurs

apatosaurus

Standing at the West end of  Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo is a lone statue often overlooked by the two million guests who visit the park each year. Back in the early ‘70s when I first saw it, just about every dinosaur depicted was either T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, or the long-necked Brontosaurus (later changed to “Apatosaurus” before regaining its legitimacy). The zoo’s dinosaur, however, was none of these but rather an obscure duck-billed variety called (at that time) a Trachodon. Despite what I’d seen in books and cartoons, this replica gave me something that I’d never had before; a true sense of scale. For the first time I could look up and appreciate the actual size of these prehistoric monsters and, over forty years later, I’m fortunate to still be able to see it at the zoo today. Only recently would I gain a true appreciation for the treasure that it is. Continue reading