Saurian Sunday - Homer's Odyssey at the Burpee Museum

Homer and the skulls of some of his Ceratopsian family members at the Burpee Musuem of Natural History in Rockford, IL. 

Homer and the skulls of some of his Ceratopsian family members at the Burpee Musuem of Natural History in Rockford, IL. 

For today's Saurian Sunday feature, Burpee Museum's sub-adult Triceratops, Homer, was originally supposed to be the sole focus of today's feature. But when I saw this feature, I couldn't help but shift gears a little bit. Jane, the museum's 11 year old juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, gets top billing at the Burpee, but Homer is equally impressive in his presentation space, and equally important to science.

Homer, catalog number BMRP 2006.4.1, is a sub-adult Triceratops horridus. discovered in 2005 near Ekalaka, MT. With about 40% of his complete skeleton discovered, Homer is one of the most complete sub-adult T. horridus to be found. We'll get back to him in another feature, I promise. But I wanted to take a moment and focus more on the overall presentation by the Burpee, most notably including the wall above of other ceratopsian skulls for comparison.

T. horridus skull growth series at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL.

T. horridus skull growth series at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL.

There's also a skull growth series depicting Triceratops horridus in four steps from baby to adult. It's an amazing presentation, especially in light of the size of the little museum. The Burpee is truly one of the unheralded museums of the Midwest, and of dinosaur science.