Birthday of paleontologist Barnum Brown

by Anonymous on Feb. 12th, 2010

Barnum Brown - hot on the trail for fossils: I guess 110° in the shade sometimes warrants throwing on the old fur coat.
Barnum Brown - hot on the trail for fossils: I guess 110° in the shade sometimes warrants throwing on the old fur coat.Courtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
With this being Lincoln's, Darwin's, and even my grandfather George Hanzalik's birthday, the last thing we need is notice of yet another notable so and so born on this date. But Barnum Brown deserves some special attention. Named after the great circus huckster P. T. Barnum, Brown was born this day in Carbondale, Kansas in 1873, and grew up to be what some have called the "last of the great dinosaur hunters". Brown began his work as a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in 1897 under the tutelage of Henry Fairfield Osborn . Barnum Brown traveled the U.S. collecting and buying up fossils for the museum. He was known for using dynamite to coax fossils out of the rocks, and for being impeccably dressed while on digs (see photo). Tyrannosaurus rex: Barnum Brown's most famous find.
Tyrannosaurus rex: Barnum Brown's most famous find.Courtesy Public domain
His most famous discovery came out of the Hell Creek formation in Montana in 1902 when he found the first recorded remains of Tyrannosaurus rex.

MORE INFO
Barnum Brown bio
Barnum Brown bio on Wikipedia
Notice of new Barnum Brown biography (due out May 2010).

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