The general morphology of these vertebrae is indistinguishable from that of the middle and posterior caudal vertebrae of the diplodocines Diplodocus, Barosaurus
But the main attraction in the museum as far as I was concerned was the brilliant display of dinosaurs - from the enormous Barosaurus
(too big to take a picture) to the museum's famous Parasaurolophus, discovered in the Badlands of Alberta in 1920.
A That would probably be "Gordo," the largest Barosaurus
on display in Canada.
Illuminated at night, the whimsical dinosaurs flank the Central Park West staircase and echo the Barosaurus
mount in the Roosevelt Rotunda.
Crouched behind the barosaurus
is a smaller dinosaur, its legs astride the mother's tail, its head no larger than the mother's ankle bone.
The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda--known to many Museum visitors as the entrance with the iconic Barosaurus
and Allosaurus exhibit at its center and itself a New York City interior landmark--was also fully renovated.
As home to the skeleton of a large Barosaurus
, with its long tail flowing to the second floor ceiling in an are, it works brilliantly.
In fact, scientists wonder if the Barosaurus
(BAR-uh-SAWR-us), a dinosaur that lived 150 million years ago, could lift its long neck without fainting.
Shortly after joining the ROM in 2007, Evans made a name for himself by discovering in the ROM's palaeontology storage an almost complete skeleton of the gigantic sauropod Barosaurus
The solidly quadrupedal stance of the later giant sauropods, such as Gordo, the ROM's Barosaurus
, and the massive Futalognkosaurus, which will be on display during the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition, mirrored the baby proportions of their forebears, an evolutionary phenomenon known as paedomorphosis--adults retaining juvenile traits.
The James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs at the ROM is home to 350 fossils, dinosaur specimens, and fully mounted skeletons, including Canada's largest dinosaur on display--the only Barosaurus
skeleton with real fossils displayed anywhere in the world.