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Offbeat How the T. Rex at the American Museum of Natural History Became an Icon

12:20  09 november  2019
12:20  09 november  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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In the video below, the AMNH explains how their fossil became the most iconic T . Rex —and therefore the most iconic dinosaur—in history . When brainstorming ideas for Jurassic Park's book cover, designer Chip Kidd went to the American Museum of Natural History for inspiration.

See the jaw-dropping exhibition about the world's most iconic dinosaur: learn about the tyrannosaurs that came before, and how T . rex reached the top of the food Volunteer. Get the most out of the Museum Become a Member. Discover Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History .

a dinosaur on a table© J.M. Luijt, Wikimedia Commons //  CC BY-SA 2.5 nl

When asked to think of a Tyrannosaurus rex, you may picture the dinosaur from the original King Kong (1933), the famous vintage illustration by Charles Knight, or perhaps the sinister fossil gracing the poster for Jurassic Park (1993). Each of these pop culture depictions of T. Rex was inspired by a single specimen: A skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City dubbed AMNH 5027.

In the video below, the AMNH explains how their fossil became the most iconic T. Rex—and therefore the most iconic dinosaur—in history. From 1915 to about 1940, it was the only the mounted T. Rex skeleton on display to the public. That means that most movies created in the early 20th century featuring a T. Rex—including The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918), King Kong, and Fantasia (1940)—were either directly or indirectly inspired by the museum's specimen. AMNH 5027 was incorrectly displayed standing upright with its tail on the ground for decades, which is why so many early depictions of the dinosaur in pop culture show it with the same posture.

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Learn more about the famous mega-predator Tyrannosaurus rex . This famous fossil is shown in a stalking position: head low, tail extended, one foot slightly raised. Volunteer. Get the most out of the Museum Become a Member. Discover Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History .

The fossil's influence on the world isn't limited to early 20th century cinema. When brainstorming ideas for Jurassic Park's book cover, designer Chip Kidd went to the American Museum of Natural History for inspiration. He used AMNH 5027 as the model for one of the most iconic book jackets ever made. The design was repurposed in the posters for Jurassic Park the movie, and the rex's silhouette has since appeared on countless toys, T-shirts, and other merchandise.

The image has become synonymous with the species, but there's one small detail that's unique to AMNH 5027. The dinosaur in the Jurassic Park artwork has a small bump on the inside of its skull. This bump formed when a bone in the original specimen got pushed out of place during fossilization, and today it's a distinct feature that makes its profile instantly recognizable.

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How fast was T . rex ? Scientists continue to disagree about its speed—fast or slow? Estimates of dinosaurs' speeds are usually based on fossil trackways In 1902, Barnum Brown, then an assistant curator for the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History

A new show at the American Museum of Natural History places T . rex amid a global family of prehistoric predators. An installation view of “ T . rex : The Ultimate Predator,” a new exhibition that will run through next summer, at the American Museum of Natural History .Credit George Etheredge

To learn more about the huge impact AMNH 5027 has had in the last century or so of its 65 million years on Earth, check out the video below.

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