Berlin Sauropods


As briefly mentioned before, I’m just back from a week long trip to Berlin and the Museum fur Naturkunde (better, but now incorrectly known as the Humboldt museum). The last time I was there was around 2007 and the main dinosaur hall was empty with the material having been taken apart for remounting. So while I was there to dig into the collections and check out the material available, it was a chance to see how the new exhibits (plenty more than the dinosaurs have been done) look. I’ll stretch it out a little and break this up into various small slots covering different aspects of the exhibits and first off let’s not sidestep the obvious – they have a full sized, mostly real bone, mounted Giraffatitan. Yes this is a far from tiny mount, it’s absolutely colossal and that’s most apparent when you see that it’s next to Diplodocus (also shown at the top) – the sauropod that most people have probably seen in a museum and are most familiar with. Giraffatitan simply *towers* over this and in every dimension except total length is clearly a much, much larger animal.


The remounting here gives both of these animals a more ‘modern’ look and less tail-draggy and generally upright. One really nice addition is the cervical ribs being added to the G. mount, giving it a much more accurate neck and showing off this often missing (or badly handled) feature of sauropod necks. The third in the sauropod trio is the fascinating and short-necked Dicraeosaurus. Indeed, between the three, you have a really classic in Diplodocus, a real giant in Giraffatitan (and a very upright one to boot), and then a relatively small and short-necked animal in Dicraeosaurus. This guy does have a short neck, but look at the height on the cervical nerual spines and that lovely bifurcation into pairs of spines.


And finally as a little bonus, I took this one as it looked like a nice novel view, but on reviewing it in hindsight, it’s clearly in ‘Luis-Rey-O-Scope‘.


9 Responses to “Berlin Sauropods”

  1. 1 himmapaan 28/01/2013 at 2:45 pm

    *One big gigantic sob*. That is all. 😉

  2. 2 Mike Taylor 28/01/2013 at 4:31 pm

    As beautiful as always!

    Since you forgot to link to our “Shedloads of Awesome” posts on this exhibit, here are the URLs: and

  3. 5 Marc Vincent 29/01/2013 at 10:17 pm

    Yes yes yes! Someday, very soon, I’ll finally get to see it all. Thanks for the photos.

  4. 6 Matt Wedel 30/01/2013 at 5:58 am

    It is no exaggeration to say that that is my favorite room in any building in all the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit twice, and both times I was extremely alert to the privilege of just being there. Nice post!

  1. 1 Berlin ornithischians | Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings Trackback on 05/03/2013 at 4:24 pm
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