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NPR Traces History of Barnum Brown’s First T. Rex Skeleton

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It’s a story more than a century in the making. Barnum Brown’s extraordinary fossil-hunting career—which took him from a frontier farm to the world’s top fossil sites and to the halls of the American Museum of Natural History—included the discovery of the first complete skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The priceless fossil—the one used to describe the carnivorous species now synonymous with “dinosaur”—was displayed in the Museum for more than 30 years beginning in 1906. Then the story took a twist, which is traced in a recent NPR piece “Bone To Pick: First T. Rex Skeleton, Complete At Last.”

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Titanosaur Nest from The World’s Largest Dinosaurs

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They are some of the rarest of rare artifacts: fossil dinosaur eggs with the embryo still inside. And they are prized for what they can tell paleontologists about the adults that laid them.

The exhibition The World’s Largest Dinosaurs features a scale model of a nest found at Auca Mahuevo, Argentina, one of the largest known dinosaur nesting sites in the world. While it isn’t always possible to figure out which dinosaur laid a particular egg, in this case, an embryo within an egg found at Auca Mahuevo site allowed scientists to identify these eggs as those of titanosaurs, a group of sauropods that included such species as Ampelosaurus and Saltasaurus. Herds of female titanosaurs are thought to have laid the thousands of eggs — 15 to 40 at a time — in shallow nests dug out with their huge feet in dry mud and sand over miles of ground at Auca Mahuevo.

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Meet Mame, the Newly Named Mamenchisaurus

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The results are in! We asked you to submit a nickname for Mamenchisaurus, the giant sauropod at the center of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibition, currently on view at the Museum.

After hundreds of submissions and thousands of votes, the winner by a landslide is: Mame!

Runners up included Neckita—a nod to her extraordinary 30-foot neck, the longest relative to body size of any known dinosaur—and Mei Mei (“mei” means beauty in Chinese).

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Vote Now to Name the Mamenchisaurus

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We asked you to help us name Mamenchisaurus, the 60-foot-long female sauropod at the center of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibition. She’s an 18-year-old vegetarian known for her incredible 30-foot-long neck who also happens to love tweeting. She is originally from China, and she just arrived at the Museum this April.

After hundreds of nickname submissions, the finalists are in:

  • Brook (the first Mamenchisaurus fossil was found by a river in China)
  • Neckita
  • Mei Mei (mei means beauty in Chinese)
  • Tiny
  • Mame

Now it’s up to you! Visit the contest page to vote for your favorite nickname through Sunday, June 5, Before you vote, you can get to know Mamenchisaurus a little better by following her on Twitter @Giant_Dino or by visiting the exhibition site.

Her new name will be announced on June 7.

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Inside View: The World's Largest Dinosaurs

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The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, goes beyond traditional fossil shows to reveal how dinosaurs actually lived by taking visitors into the amazing biology of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long.

In this video, go behind the scenes with The World’s Largest Dinosaurs curators Mark Norell and Martin Sander and as they explain the science behind the exhibition. Learn how dinosaur fossils are stored and cataloged from Carl Mehling, a scientific assistant at the Museum.

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