2005 – Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries makes its debut at AMNH
On this day in dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History premiered an exhibition that brought the most stunning discoveries of the dinosaur enlightenment to the public.
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries was a comprehensive look into the state of dinosaur paleontology at the beginning of the 21st century–with a diorama of Liaoning Province in China as it appeared 130 million years ago, a variety of feathered dinosaur specimens, and a range of other displays on biomechanics and behavior.
After several months in New York, the exhibition hit the road and remains traveling today.
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On this day in dinosaurs, the final episode of series 3 of The Lost World television series aired, marking the end of the show’s run. As one of countless adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, the series chronicled the adventures of explorers finding a prehistoric plateau in the Amazon.
While some details of the proposed fourth and fifth series were revealed to fans, the show was cancelled after three seasons, leaving the way for countless further adaptations to be created in the future.
1950 – Joe Johnston born
We also salute Director Joe Johnston today, who has played a role in many of cinema’s fantastic adventure films–most notably directing Jurassic Park III. We hope you didn’t take any eggs today, Joe!
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On this day in dinosaurs, a cast of Diplodocus carnegii was unveiled with English pomp and circumstance at the Natural History Museum in London. Carnegie himself presented the dinosaur to the Museum’s trustees, with a crowd of more than two hundred people in attendance for the ceremony.
The plaster-of-paris replica took a year and a half of full time efforts from a team of up to four men. It was (and is) 84 feet long and 15 feet high. The original bones were found in Wyoming several years earlier. It was the King of England himself who requested the dinosaur after seeing an illustration at Carnegie’s Skibo castle in Scotland.
The speeches and public awe that Diplodocus caused in London was just the first appearance of the dinosaur abroad. Nine additional copies of the skeleton would be made and sent around the world, making Diplodocus the first international dinosaur phenomenon.
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2015 – Diplodocus statue in Pittsburgh begins renovations
On this day in dinosaurs, a beloved statue began a much-needed restoration in the Steel City.
In 1999, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History commemorated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Diplodocus carnegii by unveiling a life-size statue of the animal on the museum grounds, along Forbes Avenue.
But 16 years later, in 2015, Dippy wasn’t looking so good. His anti-graffiti coating was peeling off and taking some of the fiberglass along with it. Funds were raised to fix Dippy’s “skin” problems and restore the dinosaur to his former glory–and better. With a new coating that will better withstand the elements and future restorations, the museum expects Dippy to be looking sharp for another century.
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On this day in dinosaurs, it’s a double dino birthday bash!
1888 – Max Steiner Born
The incredible composer of the King Kong score, which was to influence every major cinematic score to come after it, was born on this day.
Steiner’s use of leitmotifs and the bombastic power of a fully loaded orchestra brought the emotion and ferocity of Kong (and his dinosaur neighbors) to a higher level than could have been achieved without his masterful music.
1934 – Gary Owens Born
Gary Owens, famous for hosting children’s dinosaur documentaries alongside Eric Boardman, was also born on this day.
Gary’s hijinks in the programs are legendary among dinophiles, none moreso than when he turns into a dinosaur himself–a “Garyosaurus.”
We salute you, Steiner and Owens, for the joy–and the dinosaurs–you’ve brought to our lives.
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On this day in dinosaurs, the most complete titanosaur skeleton ever found made its way to Philadelphia’s Drexel University. Dreadnoughtus schrani became a worldwide sensation, taking a prominent place in media coverage and in the public imagination.
After being discovered in February of 2005, Dreadnoughtus was excavated over the next several field seasons. The bones were protected in 234 plaster jackets. Together, they weighed 16 tons (which is a great deal of weight but nothing close to the 65 tons the animal may have weighed in life).
The Cap San Lorenzo, a freighter, transported the bones from Patagonia to Philadelphia. The journey took six weeks and visited a dozen South American ports along the way. Once arriving in the City of Brotherly Love, the fossils were distributed between the Drexel University laboratory, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (now also affiliated with Drexel), and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. In 2012, the bones all returned to Drexel University for study.
Now the bones have all returned to Argentina, but the legend of Dreadnoughtus and its scientific study, continue. Share your favorite Dreadnoughtus images with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TDIDinos.
On this day in dinosaurs, we celebrate the 91st birthday of a man who loves dinosaurs and makes us all feel like children again with his signature boyish enthusiasm. Sir David Attenborough has made a number of television specials about dinosaurs and he’s connected many of his modern-day natural history documentaries to the Mesozoic.
He’s a broadcasting legend and far from extinct! Sir David, we salute you.
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