Enter a Jurassic World of Imagination

The bleach-white sun glows through the windows and into the enormous dwelling of real-life behemoths. We have entered the popular dinosaur exhibit located on Level 4 of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This enormous space is home to a world that existed 65 million years ago. For over 135 million years, dinosaurs ruled the earth, these creatures owned the sky, dominated the sea and marched unimpeded across pre-historic terrain. But now, all that is left of these mighty beasts are their skeletal remains, fossilized reminders of the giant carnivorous and herbivorous creatures that once inhabited our planet.

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the museum and in particular the two halls of the Koch Dinosaur Wing, which features about 100 dinosaur specimens. But my favorite place is the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, which features the most terrifying of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. When I was a child, the “Tyrant Lizard King” towered over the hall and stood upright, glaring with starved-ferocity at awe-struck visitors. The image still makes my mind wander and time travel to earth’s brutish and bygone past.

Write anything about the image of the Tyrannosaurus specimen below. You can write a piece about being trapped in a pre-historic world, or you can write about being a whip-lashing paleontologist. Let your imagination guide you.

The Tyrannosaurus rex mounted in a stalking position. Photo by Juan Rodriguez

The T-rex fossil is in a stalking position. Photo by Juan Rodriguez