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Patt’s night at the museum: Thomas the T. Rex invades Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum




Thomas the Tyrannosaurus rex and a baby T-Rex, featuring three specimens of varying ages, are seen at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are seen on Feb. 1, 2011.
Thomas the Tyrannosaurus rex and a baby T-Rex, featuring three specimens of varying ages, are seen at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are seen on Feb. 1, 2011.
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Back in its heyday, about 67 million years ago, it was truly the tyrant lizard king, measuring up to 42 feet in length, its skull alone weighed 1,000 pounds and was by far the largest carnivore in its environment. Tyrannosaurus Rex was one of the largest known land predators in the history of the world, and one T. Rex in particular has invaded Los Angeles. Thomas the T. Rex and several of his friends, including two other younger T. Rex specimens, will all be on display at the new Dinosaur Hall exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Open to the public on July 16th the hall includes some of the most complete dinosaur skeletons ever assembled, as well as several real dinosaur skulls that are simply massive in their size and scope. A 66-million-year-old Triceratops greets visitors when they first enter the hall, assembled from fossils discovered by the NHM’s own Dinosaur Institute; a 150-million-year-old Stegosaurus is fighting with an Allosaurus, a cousin to T. Rex; dinosaurs that lived in ancient seas and flew in the Jurassic skies are all on display throughout the hall. Patt takes a walk through Dinosaur Hall with Luis Chiappe, the man who personally dug up most of the fossils in the exhibit, and gives a preview of the dinosaur invasion of Southern California.

Guests:

Luis Chiappe, director of the Dinosaur Institute; curator at the Natural History Museum Department of Vertebrate Paleontology

Jane Pisano, president & director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County