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BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

In August of 2000 I had the chance to visit the Boston Museum of Science in Massachusetts. To me, this museum was signified by its large, fleshed out, lifesize Tyrannosaurus rex model in the dinosaur hall. But, in reality, this museum contains much more. A complete skeleton of Triceratops, a cast skull of Giganotosaurus, shoulder blade casts of Ultrasauros, footprints of Eubrontes, and models of Stegosaurus, Diplodocus, Coelophysis, and Anklyosaurus also fill the dinosaur hall. In addition, fossil nautiloids found in Vermont and a nice large trilobite found near Boston highlight the invertebrate collection.

But, that large Tyrannosaurus rex will always remain in my mind. After first seeing it on a poster in first grade, I was finally able to see it in person. I was impressed. Despite the fact that it is in an anatomically incorrect position, with its tail resting on the ground, the model is a beauty. It represents past paleontological thinking, and the pre-Bakker/Ostrom look on dinosaurs. This model represents a slow, dumb, cold blooded Tyrannosaurus rex-and I loved it! This was a piece of paleontological history, and I am saddened that it will be going. In 2001 this mount is being replaced by a newer, more correct version of Tyrannosaurus rex. This model will be roughly the same size, but will be struck in a pose with its tail resting horizontal from the ground. I am sure that this version will be just as beautiful.

I was also lucky to be in Boston while the traveling Sue exhibit was there. Although I have seen Sue in Chicago, as I live only about an hour and a half away from the Field Museum, I did enjoy the traveling show. I especially like how they presented Sue to children and the layperson. The use of lasers, lights, and shadows was beautiful, and this use of special effects can be seen in some of my pictures below.

I was not able to spend much time at the Boston Museum, but I was there long enough to take a few photos of their better fossil exhibits. Enjoy!


DINOSAURS

Coelophysis Model

Compsognathus Model

Giganotosaurus

Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus rex Model

Ultrasauros

INVERTEBRATES

Vermont Ordovician Nautiloids

Big Trilobite

TRAVELING SUE EXHIBIT

Arms

Front View

Side View

Skull


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