T.rex Tuesday November 7th, 2017

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A lot of you liked our new cover photo, but I figured we owed y'all another angle as a real live T.rex Tuesday. And, well, it's Tuesday, so now is as good of time as any! (Honestly, I meant to do this last week, but the realizaton that it was halloween changed those plans a bit.)

There's plenty of good reasons to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. We tried to show you a few of them during our visit there last month. For a Tyrannosaurs rex fan, it's hallowed ground, because the musuem is home to the very first T.rex to be discovered and named.

CM 9380 (left) was originally part of the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the 1940s, the AMNH made the tough decision to transfer the specimen to the Carnegie, mostly in hopes of avoiding catastrophic losses that other museums suffered during WWII. (The holotype bones for Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, for instance, perished under Allied bombs along with the Munich musuem in which they were housed, setting study of that particular species back nearly half a century.)

At one point, there were grandiose plans at the American Musuem of to display CM9380 at the AMNH in a pretty dramatic fighting pose with AMNH 5027. If anything, the Carnegie's presentation of the 9380 is that concept writ large. Though the pose reflects much of the differences in scientific understanding of T.rex in the intervening years, the concept is still the same. CM9380 squares off with a cast of Museum of the Rockies' MOR 980 "Peck' rex" over a fallen Edmontosaurus. It's one highlight of a great musuem!