T.rex Tuesday - Jane's Call to Adventure

Jane keeping company with a cast of AMNH 5027* (* - we're pretty sure that's the source) at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL.

Jane keeping company with a cast of AMNH 5027* (* - we're pretty sure that's the source) at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL.

Sometimes, T.rex Tuesday is like an online mood ring. What do I feel like looking at today? Which adventure do I want to revisit? Well, this week, I'm in a Jane sort of mood. Happens a lot, actually. When I lived in Chicago, I tried to get out to the Burpee several times. The most epic failure there was the time that I was working for several months straight, with no days off, and finally ended up with Easter Sunday off. I made the 80 mile drive out to Rockford only to find that the entire town was closed for the holiday. Even when Mrs. TrT and I were dating and she was in St. Paul and I was in Chicago, I had a knack for driving through Rockford consistently after hours.

My lucky streak with the museum extended into the time after I left Chicago. But I finally was able to carve out a few hours for a Rockford visit before a late afternoon flight out of Midway early last year. And I wasn't disappointed. The specimen, properly BMRP 2002.4.1, is a sight to behold. Studies showed Jane to be around 11 years old when she died. Further igniting the argument over the validity of the potentially dubious species Nanotyrannus, Jane was discovered near Ekalaka, MT, in the same region that the sole Nanotyrannus specimen, CMNH 7541, was found in 1942. That's a discussion for another time, but boy is it an interesting (and usually animated) one.

I've covered Jane several times elsewhere in this project. I've also been fortunate enough to see two of her* (*-gender not actually determined, so this is used in the familiar manner rather than scientifically) casts, one at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and one at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. I have recently found out that there is one at the University of Leicester in the UK. Maybe I will go track it down next time I am in the UK. And that's maybe what really has me thinking. I am getting antsy for another road trip. How about the rest of you?