200 Years. 200 Stories. Story 183: “Dino Bone Unveiled ”

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Jason Poole, Kenneth Lacovara, Ted Daeschler and James Tangorra next to a cast humerous of Paralititian
Kenneth Lacovara (top), Ted Daeschler (center), James Tangorra (left), and Jason Poole (right) surround the fossil cast of Paralititan.

Dino Bone Unveiled

On Thursday, February 2 at The Franklin Institute, paleontologists Dr. Kenneth Lacovara from Drexel University and Dr. Ted Daeschler from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, with Jason Poole, manager of the Academy’s Fossil Prep Lab, unveiled the cast of a fossil from one of the largest known dinosaurs. This marks the first time any part of the Paralititan, which was first discovered in 2000, will be displayed outside of Egypt.

The five-foot-long humerus (upper arm bone) cast from the plant-eating giant Paralititan stromeri was installed in the Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs exhibit at The Franklin Institute. Lacovara, Daeschler, and Poole lifted the huge cast into place and answered questions about the Paralititan, while Drexel robotics professor Dr. James Tangorra answered questions about the latest 3-D technology applied to the study of dinosaurs. The Paralititan display includes 3-D laser scanning and rapid prototyping technology.

Paralititan was discovered in 2000 in Egypt by a joint team from Drexel (Lacovara), the Academy (Poole), the University of Pennsylvania, and the Egyptian Geological Survey. The 80-foot-long, 40-ton plant-eating Paralititan lived 95 million years ago along the coast of North Africa. Paralititan is the second-most massive dinosaur known, and its discovery is important because it has added new information to the little-known African titanosaurs of the Late Cretaceous Period.

The Academy and The Franklin Institute have a Giant Dinosaur Deal discounted joint ticket offer so visitors can enjoy dinosaurs at both of Philadelphia’s leading science museums at a reduced rate. This offer runs through March 18, so visit today!

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