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connorp

This Sunday (4/14) is the opening day of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Natural History Museum. I'll be going at 8:45 AM which is when the ribbon will be cut. It looks like it's going to have some great exhibits. Hope some of you can make it, but if not, I'll make sure to post some pictures.

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deutscheben

I look forward to seeing what changes they have made. I went to a wedding at the museum there about 15 years ago and remember thinking it was a pretty decent little collection at the time. 

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connorp

A new one I've never heard of: Desmatosuchus, a Late Triassic archosaur.

 

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connorp

Now on to the dinosaurs. Here is a replica of a mostly complete Coelophysis bauri from Texas. Very cool to have it mounted in the open.

 

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connorp

I suppose this needs no introduction.

 

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connorp

I do feel obligated to share the only really bad thing – this toolmarked leaf. No idea who let that be displayed.

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connorp

Here is one of my favorite things – a lifesize reconstruction of Quetzalcoatlus flying overhead. There is actually an exact copy at the Field Museum in Chicago. It looks much smaller there as its side-by-side with a large sauropod.

 

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connorp

Basilosaurus and Dorudon, two frightening whales from the Eocene.

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connorp

Overall a very nice remodel! Much nicer than the old museum in my opinion. There is certainly much more to see, so I recommend everyone to check it out if they have a chance!

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UtahFossilHunter

Wow thanks for the comprehensive tour! I love the small Archaeocyathan display.:wub:

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Peat Burns

Did they have any real-bone dinosaur skeletons on display?

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deutscheben

I missed your pictures somehow, thank you for the report! It looks much nicer than before, very modern and informative- and it seems a lot bigger too. 

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connorp
On 7/31/2019 at 10:42 PM, Peat Burns said:

Did they have any real-bone dinosaur skeletons on display?

I wasn’t too focused on those, but if I remember correctly there were no real complete dinosaur skeletons. There was a large sauropod femur, an ankylosaur club, and maybe a ceratopsian skull.

 

3 minutes ago, deutscheben said:

I missed your pictures somehow, thank you for the report! It looks much nicer than before, very modern and informative- and it seems a lot bigger too. 

I only went once before the remodel so I can’t say I remember much. All my friends complain that it’s much smaller now though. I think it will feel bigger when they open up a few more exhibits in November. As of right now, it’s just this main wing plus a small mineral gallery.

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Nimravis

Great report and pictures, thanks for posting.

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