Have you ever wondered why juvenile dinosaurs look different than adults? Could these differences cause paleontologists to mistakenly name dinosaurs?
If you are a dinosaur enthusiast and want to know the answers to these questions, you would have to travel to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana to find out……until now. Incredibly rare and beautiful fossils are coming to you! “The Growth and Behavior of Dinosaurs” is a unique traveling exhibition from the Museum of the Rockies featuring more than 25 years of research by Dr. Jack Horner, Retired Curator of Paleontology, and his research team.
This spectacular exhibit combines real and replicated fossil specimens from the Museum’s extensive collection with KOKORO Japan’s renowned full-size animatronic T. rex and other dinosaurs to create an exhibit that no one else in the world could produce. The exhibit is the first to explore the concept of ontogeny, or the development of an animal through its life, and its implications for the science of paleontology.
After many years of research, Dr. Horner and his research team have concluded that more than one-third of all dinosaur species named from the Cretaceous Period may have invalid names. They hypothesize that for more than a century, paleontologists have mistakenly named numerous dinosaur general and species because they did not know how to distinguish the different developmental or growth characteristics between juvenile and adult dinosaurs.
“The Growth and Behavior of Dinosaurs” tests this hypothesis by examining the development and growth with two of the most famous and popular dinosaur species: Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. Further evidence comes from histological analysis, the study of microscopic structures of animals, which is the only method currently available to recognize different stages of growth in dinosaurs. The Museum of the Rockies is a pioneer in the field of paleo-histology.
This one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit will fascinate visitors, young and old, as it teaches them and challenges the scientific community. Did Dr. Horner and his team prove their hypothesis? What will you, and your visitors think?