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November 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

The Field Museum is known for their extensive and impressive collections as well as many of their famous exhibits, but something that a lot of people don’t realize is that actual scientists work for the Field, too.  They do tons of research, data collection and experimentation and their discoveries often help science in general move forward or at least better explain the past.  Case in point:  Siats meekerorum.

Yay science!

You can read all about it here but basically, scientists from the Field recently helped discover an entirely new dinosaur, one that was a significant precursor to the famous T-Rex.  It’s pretty exciting because it’s the first bit of hard evidence of a new species of dinosaur in North America and will hopefully eventually help prove that dinosaurs were equally dispersed throughout the continents instead of residing in one specific area.  Plus – scientists from the Field were a part of this discovery!

The specimen is in no way as intact as Sue, the T-Rex in the main hall of the Field, but that’s mostly because Sue is one of the largest and most complete fossil records ever found.  Still, the new dino is pretty exciting.  I’m not sure if it will eventually be displayed at the Field or what but it will probably take a very long time before the study of the remains is complete, so they have a while to think about it.  I’d love to see it though!  And until I do, the artist’s rendition will have to do.



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