Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest and most fearsome carnivores of all time. Although Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the most renowned dinosaurs, its skeletons are quite rare—fewer than 15 partial specimens have ever been collected. The first T. rex fossil was discovered by a curator from the American Museum of Natural History—the legendary Barnum Brown—and the Museum boasts one of the few specimens of T. rex on public display.
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In 1902, Barnum Brown, then an assistant curator for the department of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, dug up the first partial skeleton of T.rex, at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. Over the next few years, he and his team would go on to find several more specimens on expeditions out West. Henry Fairfield Osborne, then the President of the Museum, gave the dinosaur its name in 1905: Tyrannosaurus rex, “the tyrant king of the lizards.”
Watch the video: Barnum Brown The Man Who discovered Tyrannosaurus Rex.
If you wonder how Barnum Brown figured out how to put all the bones together, you can catch a glimpse of the original model in this behind-doors video.