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American Museum of Natural History - March 2020

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Hi y'all,

 

I went to the AMNH literally days before NY (and the world) shut down. There definitely seemed to be less people than I presumed was usual. Despite spending just a couple of hours there, I can say it's my favorite museum. Unlike many museums, most of the specimens on display are complete or mostly actual fossils. I really want to go back to take my time and comb through the entire museum. I wish I took more pictures - guess I was too busy admiring it all. You can tour the museum yourself on Google Earth (the link should drop you right into the Saurichian hall). 

 

I realize there are several other topics about the AMNH, but I figured I could contribute some new/more views of the same specimens or at least a couple of new things.

 

Façade:

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Right away you're greeted by this impressive display (Allosaurus vs Barosaurus):

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I then immediately went to the Saurichian wing.

Velociraptor mongoliensis (holotype skull):

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Other dromaeosaur, with a velociraptor claw to the lower right:

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You can kinda see that the skull is warped/crushed.

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This is the first complete rex skull ever found. It's unfortunate for photography that many things here are in glass displays - can't get a good picture without reflections. 

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Allosaurus sp. (can't remember species if known):

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This display has been like this for about 100 yrs. 

Skull:

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Ludwigia

Great shots despite the few reflections....oh! You're not done yet....

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Artwork by Charles R. Knight:

Allosaurus (inspired by the display):

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Dimetrodon and Edaphosaurus:

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Hall of Vertebrate Origins:

 

Dunkleosteus:

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Orthocanthus texensis (reconstructed jaws):

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Eryops (no teeth?):

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Paleozoic shark teeth:IMG_5530.thumb.jpeg.73e6e5258547587e601d54e32e39a251.jpeg

 

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More recent shark teeth:

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Ornithician Hall:

 

Triceratops horridus (composite):

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Edmontosaurus "mummy" (AMNH 5060):

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AMNH 5060 skin closeup:

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Stegosaurus sp.:

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...and finally the lovely "Lucy."

 

Australopithecus afarensis:

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This is of course a replica - the real Lucy is in Ethiopia. Most of the fossils in the human origins hall are reproductions. I didn't get many photos because it was so dark in there.

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25 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Great shots despite the few reflections....oh! You're not done yet....

Thanks. Don't worry about it. 

 

I think that some of the small sculptures by the trike and stego are also made by Knight.

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Tidgy's Dad

Wonderful. 

Thanks for sharing. :thumbsu:

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Pagurus

Thanks for your kid-in-a-candy-store report. It is quite a place, isn't it. I'm afraid it's been way too many years since I've been there, and I greatly enjoyed your photographic tour. I was startled, the last time I was there, by the senior discount I was awarded at the admissions desk. Me? A senior? You must be mistaken!  Well, that was years ago and I'm long past the denial stage now.  I hope to get back there soon, to my awesome childhood playground. Thanks for your post.

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Praefectus

Great photo tour.

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Guns

thank you !

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Guns

thank you !

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Shellseeker

Thank youfor sharing

Starting at about 5 years  of age, my father took me to Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields and the AMNH, in NYC. It was a place of Awe and Imagination and filled my dreams.  Especially the amphibian with the nostril tusks... It still wanders around in my sub_conscious.

I go back occasionally.  These from a decade ago.

 

 

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