Wednesday, June 4, 2008

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

The museum gift shop features a colorful T-Rex sculpture

At the end of May, due to a combination of business and pleasure, I found myself in the midwest. I visited a friend in the Pittsburgh area, and we went to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I'm a sucker for natural history museums, especially if they have dinosaurs. And the Carnegie has a lot of dinosaurs. They've been renovating their dinosaur exhibit for years, and this year, it's finally re-opening. The T-Rex part was still under construction (it's supposed to open June 15), which was a disappointment. But the rest of the exhibit was open, and pretty cool.

The museum parking garage is right by the steamworks. (Yes, it's still working.)

This tableau of dinosaur predation was supposed to illustrate the evolutionary diversification of dinosaurs.

The heart of the dinosaur exhibit, as viewed from the third floor balcony:

There's an Apatosaurus, a Diplodicus, and an Allosaurus. There's also a Stegosaurus, and several other beasties.

A closeup of the Allosaurus, stalking the Apatosaurus.

There are also fossils from air...

Including a replica of the famous Archaeopteryx lithographica, the "first bird":

And seas:

One of the coolest displays was of the feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning, China:

Too bad the T-Rex section wasn't open yet. I'll just have to go back some day.

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