Thunder Lizard Thursday: Fernbank Science Center!

Not long ago, Uncle Steve and I traveled to the Fernbank Science Center (not to be confused with Fernbank Museum of Natural History, which is just down the road) in Atlanta. I was especially insistent to go since I haven’t been since I was in grade school and our classes would often take field trips there. They have a wonderful planetarium, and some really cool space rocks of all shapes and sizes, but the draw, for me, of course, was always the dinosaurs.
It’s a dinky museum, and old, but it packs a punch where it counts.:)

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This cast of a Tyrannosaurus skull is pretty much the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. Years of fondling by schoolkids has smoothed over some of its surfaces.

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Just to the right is this very benign Brachiosaurus model, delightfully outdated from back when all sauropods were depicted in armpit-deep swamps chewing on squiggy stuff. Scientists now are pretty sure that Brachiosaurus preferred dry, flat, upland environments and probably fed on coniferous trees, gingkoes and cycads.

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The one update he/she has gotten is a slightly more elaborate paint job; for many years the Brachiosaurus was a drab olive green all over. Now, some nice mottled browns and oranges can be seen on the skin.

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A little Pterodactylus hides in the brush nearby.

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And then to the left is this handsome fellow, Struthiomimus, who has a bit of a secret; like his friend the Stegosaurus at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, he is a replica of the Struthiomimus in the Sinclair Dinoland exhibit at the New York World’s Fair in 1964–65.

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Scan from my Sinclair Dinoland booklet!

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