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Dinosaurs in Hawai'i
Bishop Museum in Honolulu has a special exhibit--Dinosaurs!--until
Sept. 17. It includes mechanical models of Tyrannosaurus rex,
Tenontosaurus, Deinonychus, Maiasaura, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus,
Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, along with Pteranodon, also a
robotic model of a duckbill. Except for the last these have foam-
rubber skins and sound effects (presumably based on sound waves
found imbedded in amber). There's also a collection of replicas of
fossils from the AMNH, normally housed at Honolulu Community College,
and a Hypselosaurus egg which apparently is a genuine fossil (unless
the notice is misleading) and a genuine coprolite. The exhibit is
clearly aimed at kids. The planetarium is showing a related program,
"The Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs" (15 minutes), which mentions
Nemesis but not Chicxulub (perhaps a function of when it was produced).
In case any listmembers find themselves stuck in Hawai'i and can't
think of anything to do. Incidentally, Bishop Museum has a superb
collection of Hawai'ian and other Pacific Islander artifacts as well
as natural history exhibits, but that's all late Tertiary to the present.
Honolulu Community College also has a fully articulated Stegosaurus
skeleton (replica, I presume).
Prof. Holtz's article in the Journal of Paleontology, Sept. 1994,
distinguishes the oviraptorid-arctometatarsalian clade, the
pachycepalosaurian-ceratopsian clade, the Ankylosauridae, and
the Labeosaurinae from "their more cosmopolitan sister taxa"
(p. 1111). What's the opposite of "cosmopolitan"? Despite T. rex's
well-known gentle disposition (cf. Barney) and vegetarian habits, I'd
be sure I was out of earshot before calling him a country bumpkin.
Department of History
Austin Peay State University
via telnet from Honolulu, HI