Deinonychus at the AMNH

Since the theropods are doing well this week, it’s time to wheel out another image kindly sent in by Steve Cohen. I suspect there’s a nice mount of Deinonychus in a great many museums in North America, but for all my traveling, I’ve only ever seen two of them (part shown here) and didn’t have time to study either in any detail. Here though is an excellent and indeed famous mount in the AMNH of this dinosaur and it would probably be even more impressive if Steve hadn’t sent this to Heinrich Mallison as well and he’d not put it up a couple of weeks back….

10 Responses to “Deinonychus at the AMNH”

  1. 1 Heinrich Mallison 25/05/2012 at 8:11 am

    Ha! For once I was faster 😉

  2. 4 Schenck 25/05/2012 at 1:04 pm

    No love for the little Archie that’s right next to the Deinonychus eh?

    • 5 David Hone 25/05/2012 at 1:34 pm

      Not if I a) don’t know it’s there and b) haven’t got a photo of it.

      • 6 Schenck 25/05/2012 at 1:54 pm

        Well that might make a difference! It’s a great display, with a running Archie, and the Deinonychus suspended in the air, really designed to make that dinos-leapt-into-birds connection. Infact if I remember that above all this are some stuffed seagulls in flight, it made quite an impression on me when I first saw it after they renovated the halls.

      • 7 David Hone 25/05/2012 at 3:01 pm

        It sounds a lot like the sequence shown in Tokyo. I wonder if they copied the AMNH exhibit for that bit?

  3. 8 steve cohen 25/05/2012 at 2:02 pm

    You are correct about the Archie at the bottom of the display case and the seagulls above; that section of the museum was revised in the mid-90s to demonstrate bird evolution.

    The renovation was a lot more controversial when it opened than it is today.

  4. 9 Robert A. Sloan 25/05/2012 at 3:57 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for posting this even if your contributor didn’t get the little running Archaeopteryx too. It’s beautiful and I always enjoy seeing raptors.

  5. 10 Mark Robinson 27/05/2012 at 3:50 am

    Nice active pose but unusual to not show the “slashing” claw hyper-extended (which I assume is the resting orientation). If I hadn’t been aware of its existence, I wouldn’t have noticed it at all. Perhaps it’s leaping on to one of those Tenontosaurus‘?

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