dinosaur institute


this is my senior thesis film, “A Bone to Pick”! I made this my 4th year at RIT (although the process really began in spring of 2014, and I screened the completed film in May 2016). I loved working on this film, I got to collaborate with a bunch of amazing artists, and animating the T-rex rig was such a satisfying payoff for the months I spent building it.


The House That Dippy Built

Carnegie Museum of Natural History under construction. 

Once back in Pittsburgh, scientists worked to free the fossils from the rock and reconstruct Dippy’s skeleton.

In 1901, paleontologists realized they had discovered a new species of dinosaur and named it Diplodocus carnegii to recognize Carnegie’s support.

At the time of Dippy’s discovery, there was simply no room for a huge dinosaur at Carnegie’s institution. Carnegie was not deterred. A new wing that featured Dippy as its centerpiece was added.

Dippy settled into his permanent home in 1907 as the first dinosaur in the new Dinosaur Hall. By the time the museum’s expansion was finished, the people of Pittsburgh called the museum “The House That Dippy Built.”

Scientists preparing Dippy’s bones. 

Dippy on display in Dinosaur Hall.

This is the second in a three-part blog series about Diplodocus carnegii, aka Dippy. We are celebrating all things Dippy as we launch our new logo featuring his silhouette. Share your own Dippy photos and stories using #newdippylogo.

Protoceratops is a small herbivorous Ceratopsia, who lived in Mongolia in the late Cretaceous period, between 75 and 70 million years ago. Here’s the skull of an adult male of Protoceratops hellenikorhinus, discovered and described by our palaeontologists. Males have a larger hump on the snout and a more developed neck frill than females. During the mating season they could attract females with it, and scare off rivals.


Update on Jurassic World books!

In addition to the upcoming Where Dinosaurs Come to Life augmented reality book, it looks like more Jurassic World tie-in books are on the way!

An Amazon listing for the previously released Jurassic Park Institute book, T. rex: Hunter or Scavenger? by paleo-author Thomas R. Holtz with a May 2015 release date, suggests the book is being re-issued in a new edition to tie-in with Jurassic World

Holtz confirmed on Twitter that the book, as well as another, the fantastic Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide, are in fact being re-released for Jurassic World, with some updated text and pictures to reflect the latest in dinosaur science.

Other listings show that a Jurassic World wall calendar for 2016 will be available late in the year, and that Jurassic World sticker books, poster books, activity books, and quiz books are in the works for May releases along with the other Jurassic World titles!