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Re: 1933 Kong "T. rex" actually an Allosaurus?
In a message dated 8/14/2005 9:34:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< It was probably meant to be T. rex from the start. Ol' Tyrannosaurus
was often depicted with three fingers back then (look at the old
National Geographics) -- palaeontologists didn't know any better since
no forelimb material was known at the time. >>
The "King Kong" theropod created by Marcel Delgado is clearly based on
Charles R. Knight's 1905(?) oil painting at the American Museum of Natural
showing Tyrannosaurus approaching a family of Triceratops. The restoration
was based on W.D.Matthew's first reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus:
One of the things that makes the original Kong and the 1925 "The Lost World"
so wonderful is that Knight's dinosaurs are brought to life by Delgado and
Knight's 1939 restoration of battling tyrannosaurs in the February 1942
National Geographic correctly shows two digits. DV