Museum of Natural History is home to one of the world's finest
collections of dinosaurs and other fossils.
association with fossils dates back nearly to its founding
in 1895. For more than a century, the museum's curators and
field collectors, including such legendary paleontologists
as Earl Douglass, Jacob Wortman, and John Bell Hatcher, have
mounted expeditions that have unearthed some of the world's
most famous dinosaurs, including Diplodocus, Apatosaurus,
Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Allosaurus.
Today, paleontological research continues to flourish at Carnegie
Museum of Natural History. Carnegie Museum of Natural History
scientists are currently studying the bones of the oviraptorosaur
so that we may learn more about this amazing creature. Questions
our scientists hope to answer with their study include:
did caenagnathid dinosaurs look like? Carnegie Museum of Natural History's oviraptorosaur
is by far the most complete North American oviraptorosaur,
and the most complete member of Caenagnathidae
in the world - its study will reveal the anatomy of these
unusual dinosaurs for the first time.
did a seven-foot tall, toothless theropod with wicked claws
live? Did it eat meat, plants, or both? Study of the Carnegie
oviraptorosaur may help clarify issues such as the diet and
behavior of caenagnathids and other oviraptorosaurs.
do oviraptorosaurs fit on the evolutionary tree of life? Study
of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History oviraptorosaur has the potential to help settle
questions surrounding oviraptorosaur relationships, which
may affect our understanding of the origin and early evolution