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Hello everyone! Since I live close to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, D.C., I thought I would go through and give you all a tour of the new fossil hall specimens. Due to the size of the museum, I decided to only focus on the dinosaur fossils. If anyone would like, in the future I can go back to get some pictures of the mammalian and invertebrate fossils as well. Also, due to file size, this will take a little while to add everything in (additional comments) despite the fact I have substantially reduced/cropped all the images. Thanks, hope you enjoy!

 

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Here is a view of the main area:

 

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Giant flightless bird

Diatryma gigantea

Lived 55-53 MYA

Willwood Formation, Big Horn Co., Wyoming

 

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Early roller

Primobucco mcgrewi

Lincoln Co., Wyoming

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?Gruiformes indet.

Lincoln Co., Wyoming

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Dromaeosaurid dinosaur

Saurornitholestes langstoni

78-77 MYA

Oldman Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Giant Sauropod Armor (osteoderm)

Titanosauria indet.

90-84 MYA

Ankazomihaboka Formation, Madagascar

 

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Pachycephalosaurian dinosaur

Stegoceras validum

77-76 MYA

Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Here's a useful guide.

 

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Ankylosaurian dinosaur

Euoplocephalus tutus

77-76 MYA

Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Theropod dinosaur

Gorgosaurus libratus

78-77 MYA

Oldman Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Ceratopsian dinosaur

Centrosaurus apertus

77-76 MYA

Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Hadrosaurid dinosaur

Prosaurolophus maximus

77-76 MYA

Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta, Canada

 

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Feathered theropod dinosaur

Sinosauropteryx prima

124-122 MYA

Yixian Formation, China

 

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Feathered theropod dinosaur

Caudipteryx zoui

124-122 MYA

Yixian Formation, China

 

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Early toothed bird

Archaeopteryx lithographica

152-151 MYA

Solnhofen Plattenkalk, Germany

 

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Early beaked birds

Confuciusornis dui

124-122 MYA

Yixian Formation, China

 

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Stegosaur, plated dinosaur

Stegosaurus stenops

157-153 MYA

Morrison Formation, Albany Co.,  Wyoming

 

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Theropod Dinosaur

Ceratosaurus nasicornis

152 MYA

Morrison Formation, Fremont Co., Colorado

 

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Theropod dinosaur (with egg clutch)

Allosaurus fragilis

152 MYA

Morrison Formation, Fremont Co., Colorado

 

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Sauropod dinosaur

Diplodocus longus

152 MYA

Morrison Formation, Fremont Co., Colorado

 

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Sauropod dinosaur

Camarasaurus lentus

151-150 MYA

Morrison Formation, Uintah Co., Utah

 

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Sauropod dinosaur (LEFT)

Diplodocus longus

152 MYA

Morrison Formation, Fremont Co., Colorado

 

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Sauropod dinosaur (RIGHT)

Camarasaurus lentus

151-150 MYA

Morrison Formation, Uintah Co., Utah

 

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Theropod dinosaur

Tyrannosaurus rex

67-66 MYA

Hell Creek Formation, McCone Co., Montana

 

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Ceratopsian dinosaur

Triceratops horridus

68-66 MYA

Lance Formation, Niobrara Co., Wyoming

 

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Hadrosaurid dinosaur

Edmontosaurus annectens

68-66 MYA

Lance Formation, Niobrara Co., Wyoming

 

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Ornithopod dinosaur

Thescelosaurus neglectus

68-66 MYA

Lance Formation, Niobrara Co., Wyoming

 

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Theropod dinosaur

Timurlengia euotica

92-90 MYA

Bissekty Formation, Uzbekistan

 

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Fossil Prep. Room

 

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And finally, my personal favorite. I unfortunately forgot to get the specific information regarding this specimen (I'll blame that on me staring at the bones and not the data placard, but it is a Stegosaurus. Also, it's very difficult to get a full picture with the glare/reflections on the glass, so I got close up segmented pictures instead. Thanks everyone for taking a look!

 

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Nice report and thank you. I will show this thread to Mrs R because she said next time we are in NY we will have a couple of day in Washington’s Smithsonian .Really good photos too.
 

Cheers Bobby 

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I was there over Xmas.  Great new displays... I really like it.  I even found a fossil on display that I had done some prep on.  There is a big palm leaf from Alaska high up on a wall in the Eocene section (I am pretty sure).  Hope to post a photo later.  

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1 hour ago, Bobby Rico said:

Nice report and thank you. I will show this thread to Mrs R because she said next time we are in NY we will have a couple of day in Washington’s Smithsonian .Really good photos too.
 

Cheers Bobby 

No problem at all! I definite recommend you visit, the mammalian and reptile sections of the new hall are also amazing, and if it's your first time visiting the museum, there's a modern mammal hall, and a marine hall with some marine reptile stuff. Upstairs there's an entire wing dedicated to geology as well (make sure you check out the florescent mineral section, I used to live near the Franklin mine where a lot of the specimens on display are from). Have a good rest of your week!

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53 minutes ago, jpc said:

I was there over Xmas.  Great new displays... I really like it.  I even found a fossil on display that I had done some prep on.  There is a big palm leaf from Alaska high up on a wall in the Eocene section (I am pretty sure).  Hope to post a photo later.  

No way! I'm pretty sure I know the piece, is it like 10ish ft tall (rough estimate from memory)? It's a pretty amazing fossil, and I think just the fact it's on display speaks for itself. Next time I visit I'll be sure to check it out again/look at it in greater detail. Thanks!

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Great photos! Looks a lot different then when I was there in the early 70s! Thanks for posting!

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Awesome pics! Thanks for showing them to us. Very cool place. My son actually gets to visit in a month or so. Unfortunately I don’t get to go with him. :( 

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Thanks so much for the tour.  It's been many a year since I've had the opportunity to visit and a lot has changed since then.  It was good to visit again thru your eyes.  Thank you.

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Great tour thanks for the photos.  Definitely a must visit next time I'm back east.  Thanks for specifics locality and species ID..a good touch.

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16 hours ago, Randyw said:

Great photos! Looks a lot different then when I was there in the early 70s! Thanks for posting!

 

15 hours ago, grandpa said:

Thanks so much for the tour.  It's been many a year since I've had the opportunity to visit and a lot has changed since then.  It was good to visit again thru your eyes.  Thank you.

It's no problem at all! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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15 hours ago, FossilNerd said:

Awesome pics! Thanks for showing them to us. Very cool place. My son actually gets to visit in a month or so. Unfortunately I don’t get to go with him. :( 

No problem at all! Hopefully you get to see it first hand one day. I would suggest that your son takes a camera with a lot of storage to get a ton of pictures of everything so you can see after his trip. Here's a floor plan of the museum so you can point him to some key area's you want to see. 

 

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14 hours ago, Troodon said:

Great tour thanks for the photos.  Definitely a must visit next time I'm back east.  Thanks for specifics locality and species ID..a good touch.

@Troodon It's no problem at all! Your original post with a sneak peak at some of the fossils inspired me to do a full tour. I'm glad I added in the localities and specific I.D.s, it was some good practice as I'm still trying to learn names and localities of some major species and families. I also picked up The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs: Second Edition in the gift store and I'm going to try and read a couple pages each night, just glancing through it looks like there's an immense amount of info on an uncountable number of species. Thanks for taking a look!

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Great post. Those are some impressive fossils and well done displays 

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On 1/20/2020 at 2:41 PM, jpc said:

I was there over Xmas.  Great new displays... I really like it.  I even found a fossil on display that I had done some prep on.  There is a big palm leaf from Alaska high up on a wall in the Eocene section (I am pretty sure).  Hope to post a photo later.  

Here is me and the palm leaf I mentioned earlier in this thread... once in the lab at U of Alaska Fairbanks 2014 (maybe), once in DC (2019).

 

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I'll second what Adam says.

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My daughter had a 7th/8th grade week long field trip to DC in April 2018 and I got to go as a chaperone.  The fossil wing was under construction then, they had just a few smaller ones displayed.  We were both very disappointed.  Looks spectacular, I'll try to get back there with her soon.

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On 1/20/2020 at 2:42 PM, Stegonick23 said:

Stegoceras validum

that a cast right if i'm not i think it is 

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