The New Fossil Hall in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

A look at the new Fossil Hall in the Smithsonian of Natural History here in Washington, D.C. This exhibit includes the nation’s Tyrannosaurs Rex which was discovered in Montana in 1988. If you have a chance to visit, please go. Its well worth it.  

“Most people looking for dinosaurs are looking for beautiful skeletons.”

Jack Horner 

“As a kid, I knew all of the dinosaurs. It’s one of those tragedies that I’ve forgotten what dinosaurs are cool.”

Matt Smith 

The Tyrannosaurs Rex on a Triceratops

Washington, D.C. is in the midst of a heat wave. Amidst the hot and humid weather I went and saw one of the hottest exhibits that just opened up in our nation’s capitol. Its the brand new fossil hall in the Smithsonian of Natural History. The exhibit is called Deep Time and is quite intellectually stimulating. On display are some of the best preserved dinosaurs. The kid in me who loved dinosaurs was amazed by the overall exhibit. The highlight of it is called the “Nations’ T-Rex.” It was discovered in Montana in 1988 by Kathy Wankel on a hike near Fort Peck Reservoir. Its the best preserved Tyrannosaurs ever found in the United States. It was loaned to the Smithsonian for 50 years. You can read this fascinating story about it here and here.  What I found fascinating about many of the dinosaurs is that they were posed in an animated and lively way. It almost felt like you stumbled into some while they were in the forest. 

The exhibit is also thought provoking. It focuses on the extinction of the dinosaurs by an asteroid 65 million years ago. It then looks at the changes that happened in the worlds climate. It also raises some questions about climate change in our modern day. For example it talked about how the temperature of the world’s seas is rising slowly and how that is a threat to the eco-system and food chains. It also mentions the issues with rising temperatures, changing geography, and diminishing polar caps. As the quote by Charles Darwin written above the hall evolution is an ongoing process, and as the exhibit reminds you even humans can become extinct in time. As someone who adores science I found the exhibit quite fascinating. And while the Washington, D.C. area is hard to live in and expensive being able to have museums like the Smithsonian in my backyard make it well worth it. If you ever have a chance, make sure you take in the Smithsonians. They are a gem, and as an American I am deeply proud that they represent the best of our culture. 

 

Charles Darwin on how we are always evolving

Plant eating dinosaurs

Pterodactyl

Stegosaurus

One of the most complete Allosaurus

Question about climate change

The Fossil Hall

Mastodon

Closer view of the nation’s T-Rex

About climate change

2 thoughts on “The New Fossil Hall in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

  1. I’d like to visit this soon – were there lines? How crowded was it?

    And how much attention did they give to early life, like the Ediacaran and Cambrian eras? I love the dinosaur bones, of course, but I find those tiny early fossils equally fascinating.

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