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Nothing tickles me more when I read old dinosaur books than wimpy, gangly hadrosaurs baring their necks for a tyrannosaur’s waiting jaws, seemingly without a fight. I guess it’s easy to mistake them for easy prey, being that they generally lack obvious weapons of self-defense, like the flashy horns, armor, or spikes of some of their fellow ornithischians. The fact that size in and of itself can be a means of defense seems to have fallen by the wayside.

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Fossil Friday, Lambeosaurus. 

© The Field Museum, GEO81559.

Preparing the Lambeosaurus skeleton in the Museum’s laboratory prepared free from enclosing matrix shows the natural death pose of the animal. Collected in 1921, Late Cretaceous. Shown in Geology prep area, third floor with radiators, coffee pot and office supplies. Order: Ornithischia, Family: Hadrosauridae. Geology specimen PR380.

8x10 negative

3/25/1955