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Joeri_R posted a topic in A Trip to the MuseumLast saturday we went on excursion to Boxtel wit the Belgian Society for Paleontologie. The Boxtel museum is a very interesting museum. It was founded by René Fraaije who started as a simple fossil collector like you and me. When his collection became to big he stored it in a farmers shed which he called the 'Ammonite shed' (ammoniethoeve). But eventually that became to small and after a while he founded his own museum. This museum survives of it's own and doesn't receive any fundings. In the 1800's a fossil bone was found in the ENCI quarry at Maastricht. It was send to London and because it was only one bone, the international scientific world lost interest in it. But some Dutch scientists did some research and they discovered that it's a bone from a theropod dinosaur, a tyrannosaurian. After a lot of research with many other scientists, they made a reconstruction based on that bone. And know a reconstruction of the three meters long Betasuchus bredai can be seen at the museum. There are also some animated dinosaurs in the museum which are specially placed there for the children. For the adults they are a funny diversion In the museum there are a lot of fossils to be seen. Also some very special ammonites which show bite marks from predators or where you can see dark spots that resemble the stomach content. Also a footprint of a lizard with skinprint is shown and some urchins with pathologies. Behind the main building is the 'hall of dinosaurs' which have very impressive reconstructions of famous dinosaurs like the mandatory Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor, but also a Tarbosaurus, Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus. I felt a little bit of national pride when I saw an Iguanodon bernissartensis, which is famous because a lot of them have been found in Belgium The garden of the museum also shows a lot of Dinosaur reconstructions. Last picture is the Betasuchus. We also visited the laboratory where they were working on a Diplodocus fossil, dup up in Wyoming between 1990 and 1996. It was impressive to see all these volunteers working on the fossil.