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How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

Right from the start, Barnum Brown was an unusual boy. He had an unusual name, an unusual way of dressing, and a very unusual hobby - fossil hunting. Barnum collected hundreds of fossils on his family’s Kansas farm, but he dreamed of finding something even more unusual: dinosaurs! As a young man, Barnum began hunting for dinosaurs for the American Museum of Natural History and quickly discovered the museum’s first dinosaurs. Then one day in 1902, Barnum was hunting for dinosaurs in the badlands of Montana. He spotted a milky brown bone poking out of a hillside. Barnum had never seen anything like it before. What could it be? It took Barnum months of digging and more months fitting bones together before he knew what he had found: the world’s first Tyrannosaur rex! Barnum went on to collect more dinosaur bones than anyone one earth, and T. rex became the most famous dinosaur in the world – as important and unusual as Barnum himself.

Take a look into the book: MacMillian

Visit the author's website: Tracey Fern

Illustrated website: Boris Kulikov

Barnum's Bones, by Tracey Fern, tells the story of Barnum Brown--a young man whose parents gave him an unusual name because they hoped he would grow up to do great things. They never dreamed that their son would grow up to be one of the greatest dinosaur hunters who ever lived!

Barnum uncovered more dinosaur skeletons than anyone had before him, and he was responsible for the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Teacher's Guide to Barnum's Bones with literature activities.

NPR: Bone to Pick: hear an amazing story of the first T-Rex discovered (#973) and the mystery of a missing bone.

Watch Born to Prey, a digitally animated recreation of the movement of a T-Rex

Dinosaur Videos:

Then End of Dinosaurs- a series of videos from Discovery Channel.

What Killed the Dinosaurs? a video from History Channel.

Here is a picture of the #973 the T-Rex Barnum discovered.
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Here is the T-Rex assembled and displayed in the museum:
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Thank You:
Tracey Fern