Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Paleo in Pop Culture - Dinosaurs of the Chicago Field Museum

Beside just SUE, which we talked about in the previous post and the Brachiosaurus outside, the Chicago Field Museum has a ton of other fossils as well. I wanted to give a quick overview here of some of the great dinosaurs I saw through my tours in August of 2016 and April of 2019. While this post is about the dinosaurs of the Field Museum, I'll post the other fossils in a future post.

Maximo, the Patagotitan

The big dino in the room has to be Maximo the Patagotitan mayorum titanosaur. In April of 2019 when I visited, he was displayed in the main Stanley Field Hall after SUE had been moved to her own hall. Discovered in 2010, he is 122 feet long, 28 feet high, and estimated to have been 70 tons and is the largest dinosaur that scientists have ever described to date. Maximo was found in Patagonia, Argentina and is dated to 101.6 million years old, during the Cretaceous Period. 

Maximo from around head height on the second story overlook. Tiny humans for scale.

Almost a whole body shot of Maximo. Tiny humans for scale.

Maximo from below

The actual fossils of Maximo, with placement and bone identifications shown below.

Bone identifications and placements for Maximo shown above

Other Dinosaurs of the Museum

One of the earliest dinosaurs ever found, the 230 million year old Herrerasaurus from Argentina.

Protoceratops andrewsi from the Late Cretaceous Djadochta beds, Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

A series of ceratopsian skull. From right to left Protoceratops, Ancheceratops, and Triceratops. 

Cretaceous age Daspletosaurus from Alberta standing over a prone Lambeosaurus.

Apatosaurus excelsus. This mount is a combination of a few individuals with the hind end discovered by Elmer Riggs near Fruita, Colorado and a front end found by Edward Holt near Green River, Utah. 

Jurassic age Stegosaurus stenops from Wyoming

Triceratops horridus. The fossil is a combination of four different individuals from the Cretaceous of Wyoming and Montana.

Parasaurolophus cyrtocristatus

A juvenile Maiasaura peeblesorum from the Late Cretaceous (~75 million years ago) of Montana.


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