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Tyrannosaurs rex

Tyrannosaurus rex

Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest predators to ever walk the Earth. Growing up to 46 feet in length and standing 13 feet high at the hips, this meat-eater could weigh up to seven tons.

T. Rex was more than just enormous, it was ferocious. It had massive hind legs with three-toed feet, small, strong arms the size of a man’s, and a huge, heavy tail that was used as a counterbalance.

Its skull grew to five feet long and housed strong jaws that created a bone-crushing bite. It had nearly 60 serrated, razor-sharp teeth that grew up to six inches in length. With a name that means “tyrant lizard king,” this dinosaur feasted on the large herbivores of its time.

T. rex roamed the western United States and southwestern Canada during the late Cretaceous Period, about 66 to 68 million years ago. The specimen on display at Carnegie Museum of Natural History was discovered in 1902 by Barnum Brown and sent to the American Museum of Natural History. It was bought by the Carnegie Museum in 1941.

This specimen is extremely important because it is the holotype of the species. A holotype is a specimen upon which a given species is based. So, in other words, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s T. rex is the ‘gold standard’ to which all potential fossils of this notorious meat-eater must forever be compared. Although a few specimens that are now known to belong to T. rex were found prior to the discovery of the holotype, the holotype was, by definition, the first fossil of the species to be recognized by science. Therefore, it can be considered the world’s first specimen of the world’s most famous dinosaur.

Photo Credit: Joshua Franzos for Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Demo of the differences between long wave and short wave UV lights on fluorescent minerals. This video features calcite and willemite specimens displaying differences in color, intensity, and behavior under the two lights. Please keep in mind that short wave UV lights are extremely dangerous and you should never buy one unless proper safety measures are taken.

If you can guess what property the calcite is displaying after I remove the short wave lamp, you get a gold star.


Wakabayashilite on Calcite

Locality: White Caps Mine, Manhattan, Toquima Range, Nye Co., Nevada, USA

This is one of the most rare and strange of old USA mineral species, not found since the early 1900s here, and almost legendary among collectors of such old and esoteric minerals. This is a beautiful and important display specimen that has an INCREDIBLY RARE cluster of bright orange Wakabayashilite on a showy, display-sized specimen of contrasting massive calcite! A piece such as this dates back over 150 years and is so rare that I have only seen 2 other genuine old pieces like this in my life, for sale. The last time I saw one was ten years ago and in the collection of Andrew Carnegie (the industrial magnate). It was not recognized at the time as a new species and was always labeled as “hair orpiment.” This is a significant rarity in museum quality. I am sure that the cluster has been stabilized with a glue, a long time ago, as it is not as wiggly and fragile as it looks, and can be touched.

Happy #TBT! Barnum Brown may have been the world’s all-time greatest dinosaur collector. In 1897, he joined the Museum and began going on fossil hunting expeditions to the American West. He started as a field assistant and eventually became a curator in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, head of all the dinosaur collections. In 1902, Brown discovered the first partial skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Six years later, he found a more complete T. rex skeleton, which became part of the Museum’s famous mount. In fact, Brown collected a majority of the fossil dinosaur specimens now on display at the Museum. In this photograph, taken in 1938, Brown sits with one of the Museum’s Allosaurus skeletons.

View more archival images like this in the Digital Special Collections: https://goo.gl/jGKzbi

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Rhodochrosite 05 by Xiao-dong Xu
Via Flickr:
菱锰矿,产自巴西(Conselheiro, Lafaite, Minas Gerais, Brazil),5.7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm。粉红色的菱锰矿覆盖在玉髓表面,形成葡萄状造型,非常吸引人。 Vibrant bubble gum pink hemispheres of rhodochrosite are scattered about on a bed of gray chalcedony making for a dynamic and contrast rich display specimen. This photo was selected by mindat.org as Photo of the Day (31st Dec 2011)


💫💫 One star in a Rose Quartz sphere is a treasured find–but two stars? Two stars is really something! Asterated (Star) Rose Quartz polished sphere, with ghostly twin stars of light. The larger and slightly smaller stars are seen here in low light with a bright focal beam, causing the rays of light to beam out from the sphere’s surface. The reverse side of the sphere displays a single star. Asterism is a natural optical phenomenon seen in rose quartz and select other minerals–it is considered especially desirable in healing and formation specimens. Striking, and so unusual to see multiple stars in this truly “phenomenal” specimen! 💫💫 Locality: Madagascar. c = 6.00" , D = 1.91" (49mm). 164 g (5.8 oz)–$36 on PhenomenalGems.Etsy.com. #star #rosequartz #mineral #sphere #rose #pink #astarisborn #orb #specimen #healing #rocks #pinkquartz #quarzo #display #collection #love #heartchakra #phenomenal #asterated #asterism #lucky #gemstones #crystals #madagascar #twins #doublestar #unusual #phenomenalgems #etsy #etsysellersofinstagram

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Rheintochter 1 anti-aircraft missile with mobil launcher E-100 chassis. 
It is first version R1, was propelled by a rocket motor of solid fuel of two stages. Because the R1 was not able to reach great heights, R3 was developed, which was driven by a liquid fuel rocket boosters and solid fuel motor. He was ordered for use  in the Heer in  November 1942 , starting the shooting test in August 1943 (82 shots). . The Rheintochter project was canceled on February 6, 1945. A missile specimen is on display at the German Technology Museum in Münich.

That glow tho 🙌🏻✨
I’m working on some awesome de-scales Specimen displays for my next shop update.
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The Thylacine pic I posted some time ago is suddenly getting a lot of reblogs and likes. So here, have some more Pics I snapped of this fella.

He can be found at the uberseemuseum in Bremen, Germany. And I’m really glad I got to see one in my lifetime since there are not many specimens displayed in german museums.

I’m not very good with cameras…

anonymous asked:

I'm going to the Kew Gardens, this summer :)!


things that are cool about Kew:

-the main glass house is like 200 years old and at the time was the largest glass structure in the world. its so big they actually took techniques from the ship building industry to build it, and they originally built it to accommodate rare and exotic specimens that explorers brought back from their journeys for study. some of these plants are still in the glass house in their original spots

-the newest house is the alpine house, which is built of sails that automatically reconfigure to keep the chilly babies cool

-then you get into the research part. the Kew is the botanical research hub of the world and has tons of botany labs and rare specimens that aren’t on display, just there for research, protection, and care

-they have specialists there that just specialize solely in endangered plants that are dying out because we can’t figure out how to help them reproduce. when things get tough the Kew calls in its top “codebreaker” horticulturalist and badass Carlos Magdalena, who has single handedly saved several species from extinction, including the world’s smallest lillypad species. this guy’s job is literally to figure out how stubborn plants reproduce and help them live and survive so they can put them back in their native land to be happy

-they also house rare and endangered species 

-on top of that, lets not forget the Kew’s Millenium Seedbank. this is a massive seedbank thats literally large enough to, in theory, hold seeds from every known plant in the world in a set of huge climate controlled vault.

-and on top of THAT there’s the massive herbarium ALSO used for research

-thats not even the beginning like the Kew is so badass and connects and communicates with hundreds of other conservatories and research centers around the world to help the plant babies and also people while theyre at it

-you can find their plant species database and herbarium database on my about page

The Fiji Mermaid is a nocturnal creature that lives in the lagoons and reefs around the Fiji Islands. Not much is known about its habits. Scientists believe it uses its long nibble fingers to forage for crustaceans and mollusks that hide in the crevices of the reef and sea floor. It is thought to be intelligent, due to its brain size and elusive nature. Eye witness accounts of living mermaids are almost unheard of. What is known about the creature comes from preserved specimens brought back from Oceania in the 1800’s. The creature came into public notice after a specimen was put on display at the Barnum American Museum in New York.

This is a limited edition linocut relief print. If you would like to purchase one, please visit my Etsy Store.


Plant of the Day

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ (old man’s beard) has been described as a “flamboyant climber” which produces flowers throughout the summer against dark green foliage. It belongs to Clematis Pruning Group 3 where plants can be cut back to a pair of strong buds about 20cm (8”) above ground level in the spring, removing all of the previous year’s growth. This specimen was on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.

Jill Raggett


One of the crystals popped out of the clay, but the other didn’t and it’s now a display specimen for my collection! It’s phosphorescent meaning it will not only glow under short wave UV, it will continue to glow for a few seconds after the UV light is removed. Not a bad find!


Plant of the Day

Saturday 1 April 2017

Prunus continue to be the ‘stars of the show’ in Japan and cherry blossom is a sign that spring has come. There are many weeping varieties - smaller specimens as temporary displays in department stores, as bonsai for sale in street markets and larger specimens with their accompanying bamboo support structures at the garden of the Heian Shrine, Kyoto.

Jill Raggett