Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest and most fearsome carnivores of all time. Although Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the most renowned dinosaurs, few of the fossil specimens recovered by paleontologists are complete. 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, recovered a partial skeleton of T.rex at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana that would become the holotype specimen—the single specimen designated as the name-bearing representative of a new species.
Over the next few years, he and his team would go on to find several more specimens on expeditions out West. Henry Fairfield Osborn, then the president of the Museum, gave the dinosaur its name in 1905: Tyrannosaurus rex, “the tyrant lizard king.”
Watch the video: Barnum Brown, The Man Who discovered Tyrannosaurus Rex.
See where some of the largest fossil specimens in the Museum are stored in this behind-the-scenes video.