Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 037584662X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 037584662X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


IN 1902, WILLIAM HORNADAY handed a map to the famous paleontologist Barnum Brown. It was Hornaday’s hand-drawn directions to a remote area of the Montana Badlands, where he believed amazing dinosaur fossils lay buried. Following the map, Brown dug up a jawbone edged with six-inch long teeth, the remains of a monstrous creature no one had ever seen before. But one bone wasn’t enough, and Brown soon found himself in a desperate race to discover the skeleton of the mystery carnivore!

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ever tried to work.” This was going to take time! Brown had the tools for chipping away the rock. He had picks, chisels, rock hammers, and awls. But he needed paper, burlap, and plaster to make hard jackets. The jackets would protect the fossils once they were out of the ground. The crew would also need food for the weeks ahead. They would have to pick up supplies in the nearby town of Jordan. As long as they were camping in the wild, Brown and his crew knew how to stay safe. They knew what to

animal’s teeth and jaws before they could prove it. Osborn had a lot of questions. Could more bones of the big meat-eater still be in the ground? Was more of the skull hiding in that hard blue sandstone? Brown’s answer was yes! He was eager to get back to Hell Creek to dig even deeper. But for a while, trips to other places kept him away. Finally, in 1905, Brown returned to the quarry. Osborn heard that a Carnegie crew would be working in Montana that summer, too. He was worried. Only the year

animal’s teeth and jaws before they could prove it. Osborn had a lot of questions. Could more bones of the big meat-eater still be in the ground? Was more of the skull hiding in that hard blue sandstone? Brown’s answer was yes! He was eager to get back to Hell Creek to dig even deeper. But for a while, trips to other places kept him away. Finally, in 1905, Brown returned to the quarry. Osborn heard that a Carnegie crew would be working in Montana that summer, too. He was worried. Only the year

Its powerful jaws were wide enough to swallow a whole cow in one bite. As soon as the news reached New York, Osborn and the museum staff celebrated, too. But Osborn asked everyone to keep quiet about it until the skeleton was safely home. Getting that beast to the museum was going to be a huge challenge. The block of stone that held the skull weighed nearly 3,000 pounds. The lower jaw was in another block. That one weighed 1,000 pounds. It took the whole summer to get the bones out of the

one skeleton were mounted on a heavy steel framework. To get just one dinosaur up took seven years. The crew started with the skeleton Brown found in 1908. No legs or feet had been found with that T. rex. The 1902 T. rex did have those bones. So casts were made from them. The feet had to be placed closer together than Ditmars first suggested. Otherwise the monster might fall over! The skull was the biggest problem of all. It was way too heavy. How could they get it on the framework? No one

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