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The Man Who Discovered the Tyrannosaurus Rex

Museum of Natural History discusses Barnum Brown

by Josh Kurp   |   Oct 21, 2010

The Man Who Discovered the Tyrannosaurus Rex

Barnum Brown, not with a T-Rex

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There are some things that remain cool throughout your life. As a kid, dinosaurs are cool. As a teenager, dinosaurs remain cool. As an adult, yup, still cool. And the coolest dinosaur of them all is, of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Who doesn’t love any scene of Jurassic Park with the T-Rex? They even made The Lost World watchable. Well, the two T-Rexs and Jeff Goldblum.

Tonight at the Museum of Natural History, Mark Norell (chair of the Museum’s Division of Paleontology) and Lowell Dingus (research associate) will discuss Barnum Brown, the man who discovered the Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1902. According to Palaeoblog, Brown, named after P.T. Barnum, “was always impeccably dressed, often wearing a tie and topcoat even in the field. He was a shrewd ‘horse trader’ when it came to wheeling and dealing for fossil specimens.”


The event begins at 7 p.m. tonight and costs $15. More info can be found here.