Confusingly called ‘Bird-hipped’ dinosaurs with a pubic bone that points toward the back, the museum has an extensive display of ornithischian dinosaurs here on the 4th floor, including a number of favourites, including an extensive ceratopsian collection, crowned with a complete Triceratops skeleton.
Thanks to the various expeditions the AMNH sponsored, most famously the Mongolian expedition under the command of the original Indiana Jones, Roy Chapman Andrews, there is an amazing display of Protoceratops fossils, including a growth series from in fact to adulthood. The only other similar display to this I have seen is a ceratopsian skull series at the Museum of the Rockies.
For me it was the Styracosaurus (a childhood favourite) that I found myself gazing at. That skull is astonishing.
|The Stegosaurus behind glass...|
|...and the difference without the glass.|
Though many older museums have updated their displays to reflect this, the AMNH hadrosaurs are still standing there the way they always have, with their tails on the ground.
The gem of this hall is the fossil classified as AMNH 5730. This mummified hadrosaur fossil can be found lying just before the Edmontosaurus duo, and was unearthed by fossil hunter Charles Sternberg and his sons in 1908.
|Not Dum Dum!|