Rex in the City

Barnum Brown in 1914 (Wikimedia Commons)If you’re in New York, spend an evening with the authors of Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus Rex at the American Museum of Natural History on October 21st at 7pm. Mark Norell, chair of the Museum’s Division of Paleontology, and Research Associate Lowell Dingus will be signing books and sharing stories from Barnum Brown. The event will also include a viewing of archival images, illuminating a fascinating era in the Museum’s history. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.

If you live elsewhere, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Read Barnum Brown’s notebooks from his early fossil-hunting expeditions online at the American Museum of Natural History. Or listen to this interview with Lowell Dingus on the Illinois Public Radio show Focus.

Barnum Brown, Fossil Hunter

For 65 million years, Tyrannosaurus rex lay petrified under the earth, until Barnum Brown—fossil collector, oil consultant, onetime spy, and world-famous paleontologist with immaculate style—uncovered them at Montana’s Hell Creek Formation in 1902.

While Tyrannosaurus rex is perhaps his most famous discovery, Brown was one of the most prolific dinosaur collectors ever. He died in 1963, but as dinosaur paleontologist Lowell Dingus, co-author of Barnum Brown, explains in this interview with WILL-AM’s Focus radio show, he shipped 1,200 crates of fossils back from his worldwide expeditions, and there are still boxes and boxes waiting to be opened.

Dig for Dinosaurs on your iPhone

Now you can explore hundreds of dinosaur fossils on your iPhone with the new Dinosaurs app from the American Museum of Natural History, created with Lowell Dingus, co-author of Barnum Brown: The Man who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex. Dingus is research associate in vertebrate paleontology at the museum, and his co-author Mark Norell is chair of the paleontology department.

The app shows a mosaic of a Tyrannosaurus rex, made up of more than 800 images from the museum’s dinosaur collection. Zoom in on any tile to view more photos and see what the dinosaurs once looked like, read the stories behind the major dinosaur groups, and share comments and photos of your favorite dinos. You can also find details about the paleontologists who unearthed the world’s most famous fossils, including a letter from Barnum Brown announcing his T-rex discovery. The Dinosaurs app is free through iTunes, and was rated the #1 free educational app earlier this week. Read reviews of the app from MuseumMobile and PCMag.
Read more and download the Dinosaurs app