Happy 2014 everyone, here’s a dinosaur!
Because I love palaeontology SO much, I like my first post of every year to be on a dinosaur!
Above is the recently announced, and just put on display, skull of Acheroraptor temertyorum. Acheroraptor was discovered by palaeontologist David Evans and Derek Larson as well as the legend himself, Phil Currie.
I went on at length about the Acheroraptor find in a previous post but it’s key to also highlight that the specimen is currently on display at the Museum! Like with the last big ROM Palaeontology find, Acrotholus, Acheroraptor is now out for the world to see in our Dinosaur Gallery. New dinosaurs are found all the time and written about in journals and blogs, but rarely do they immediately make it out on to public display so quickly.
Science in action
It’s important for the public to understand that not only do we have galleries about your favourite “ologies”, but that we also study these fields constantly. Our curatorial center is filled with scientists, grad students, technicians and more, from all sort of backgrounds like entomology, archaeology and mammalogy, who are always on the go- studying material, going to the field, and publishing their results. By putting Acheroraptor on display immediately following the release of the study, we help connect our galleries to fresh science, and reinforce the work of our scientists behind the scenes.
Both Acheroraptor and Acrotholus are on temporary display, so make sure to catch them while they’re still out!
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: January 1, 2013.
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