Hide and seek with a T-Rex in a drawer

By EcoEvo@TCD • Perspectives • 17 Apr 2013

Natalie Cooper and Sive Finlay already posted on this blog about the amazing old stuff you can find in a Natural History Museum (here and here). Palaeo collections are also special, I spent one week in the Smithsonian Institution Paleobiology collections to measure some Eocene American primate teeth and I was amazed by the quality of their collections. But the nice thing about Palaeo collections is that when you’re looking for a particular specimen, you always come across wonders you didn’t expect.

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Rows of drawers…

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…Containing loads of boxes…

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…Each one containing tiny fossils, like this Tinimomys molar.

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But it’s not just tiny primate teeth !

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Some random mammoth skull…

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…Can be found near paleo-shark teeth…

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…With some weird Helicoprion spiral teeth!

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Oh and yes, not to mention the dinosaurs such as this hadrosaurid skull…

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…Or this sauropod one.

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And I even found, hiding in a drawer… a T-Rex!

 

Author

Thomas Guillerme: guillert[at]tcd.ie

Photo credit

Thomas Guillerme, with the kind permision of Michael K. Brett-Surman.

 

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