Horrible tyrannosaurs of the Boston Museum of Science

July 11, 2012

My awesome employers Index Data flew us all out to Boston a few weeks ago, for six days of food, drink, work (yes, work!) and goofy tyrannosaurs.

There is really no excuse for this, is there?

SPECIAL BONUS: I am wearing my Xenoposeidon T-shirt.


15 Responses to “Horrible tyrannosaurs of the Boston Museum of Science”

  1. Marcus Says:

    Hello Dr. Taylor, you really do not like theropods?

  2. Does it at least get points for anterior nostril placement?

  3. Mike Taylor Says:

    Marcus asks:

    Hello Dr. Taylor, you really do not like theropods?

    Sure I like theropods! What else would you use as the outgroup for your sauropodomorph phylogeny?

  4. Mad Ness Monster Says:

    OK, here’s what’s up with “Elvis”.

    He used to reside inside the MOS’ dinosaur hall for many, many years. Well into the mid-90’s he was in there (with a small card explaining, yes, we know Tyrannosaurus looked almost nothing like this), until the entire exhibit was gutted and updated about ten years ago. There is now a much more accurate (for the early 2000’s) Tyrannosaurus inside, but good old Elvis has been moved to the front of the building, where he mostly serves as something distinctive to meet near while waiting for a Duck Tour.

  5. Mike Taylor Says:

    Thanks for the history. Despite my snarky tone above, I actually really like exhibits like this; they’re much better than no big life-sized dinosaur. And they do represent part of our history.

  6. David Says:

    Looks to me like the Sinclair T-Rex from the 1964-5 World’s Fair. Show a little respect!

  7. Now we just need mounts of Harryhousen‘s Tyrannosaurus rex from Caveman. Oh, yes,

  8. Mark Robinson Says:

    He’d look less ridiculous if he was wearing a hat, and perhaps an ascot.

  9. Dino Hunter Says:

    Isn’t this the Sinclar Tyrannosaurus rex from the Worlds Fair? Don’t like history?

  10. Michael Richmond Says:

    When I visited the Museum of Science as a kid, in the late 1960s, this sculpture was incomplete: all the museum had was the head. Visitors were asked to donate money so that the museum could build the rest of his body.

    I suspect the entire piece was finished some time in the early 1970s, which would explain quite a bit.

  11. Nathan Myers Says:





  12. Mike Taylor Says:

    Nathan, I have no idea what you’re saying. Please explain.

  13. Matt Wedel Says:

    Dude, you are slow today. Nathan is saying someone should use Kickstarter to get a petition going to outfit Ye Olde Tyrannosaur with an ascot.

    I think he should also be holding an alcoholic beverage of some kind–maybe we could get the hands facing inward to facilitate that as well.

  14. Mike Taylor Says:

    Ah, well — that’s why we have PhotoShop (or, in many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the galaxy, GIMP).

  15. Nathan Myers Says:

    Eye patch.

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