Monday, July 30, 2012

Dinosaurs in Indianapolis!

Indianapolis, Indiana has a great Children's Museum that might be better described as a very child-friendly science museum. There's a life-sized Brachiosaurus standing outside the building trying to keep her baby from falling into the atrium!

Downstairs is a small but spectacular dinosaur hall, featuring a pair of Tyrannosauruses attacking a Triceratops.
And there's the museum's own Gorgosaurus, a smaller and earlier tyrannosaur, found on a museum-sponsored dig. It had a broken leg that healed improperly, and a scan of the skull revealed that it suffered from a brain tumor that would have affected its balance and ability to run.
And this is Dracorex hogwartsia, or "Dragon King of Hogwarts," so named because the thing looked like a dragon, I guess, and the paleontologists who found it were fantasy fans. Guess what? It was a herbivore.

And now you know a little bit more about what kind of nerd I am.

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