Tyrannosaurus Rex Sue is Movin’ on Up!

Call me biased, but I think Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History is one of the best of its kind. I live and grew up just twenty-five minutes south of the city’s Museum Campus which, in addition to Field, includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Between recreational family visits and school field trips these institutions would be a staple of my youth with the Field Museum my favorite. As a child, I was guaranteed to see dinosaurs and maybe even bring one home courtesy of their twenty-five cent Mold-a-Rama machines. By the time Sue entered the scene, I was twenty-nine years old and married with kids of my own. I remember the entire city abuzz with news of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered moving in. “Her” arrival was accompanied by a huge media blitz and I recall driving to work one morning and hearing a local DJ parody the old hit, “Runaround Sue,” about it.

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2017 Wild Safari Feathered T-Rex: Beautiful if Unsteady!

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2017 Wild Safari Feathered T-Rex

Of all Wild Safari Ltd’s new 2017 offerings, the feathered T-Rex was the one I most anticipated. While the presence of feathers on dinosaurs has become elementary in the last twenty years, some older enthusiasts have a harder time accepting it in relation to the most notorious dinosaur of all. Perhaps in our minds, the presence of quills detracts from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s image; seeing it more as an overgrown chicken rather than a fearsome meat-eater. However, the type of feathers and its disbursement is the real question and their presence need not make the animal less impressive in that regard. Scales, feathers, and smooth skin are all seen in their descendants, birds, and are sometimes even all exhibited by the same organism.

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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center Spotlights Modern Prehistoric Discoveries!

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It was a long drive from Moab, Utah before we’d reach the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Colorado; welcomed by replicas of a Styracosaurus and Daspletosaurus standing proudly outside its entrance. In choosing not to display the more traditional T-Rex and Triceratops, we could already see that this attraction would make good on its slogan of being a “whole new species of fun.” The Styracosaurus’ vibrant colors reinforced that boast as modern research suggests dinosaurs were actually quite colorful rather than the drab hues most of us saw them depicted as having in popular culture.

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