1919): The sauropod dinosaur Barosaurus Marsh: redescription of the type specimens in the Peabody Museum, Yale University.
2005): The genus Barosaurus Marsh (Sauropoda, Diplodocidae).
Until the last few years nobody would have guessed that the ROM had a Barosaurus
tucked away in the basement, or a Book of the Dead stashed on a storeroom shelf.
Gordo, the ROM's mascot, is named after our Barosaurus
, the largest mounted dinosaur in Canada.
Did they intend to contrast the angular forms of human technology with the graceful curve of the Barosaurus, or was this the only space that could handle the size of the skeleton?
I wish I could say that we designed the placement of the Barosaurus in response to the angularity of the Lee-Chin Crystal--it creates such a wonderful architectural dialogue in the building--but that would only be partially true.
And no ordinary skeleton--it turned out to be an impressive 90-foot-long Barosaurus, a Brontosaurus-like sauropod from the Jurassic period.
Gordon Edmund who acquired the skeleton in 1962), is the largest mounted dinosaur in Canada and the only "real" Barosaurus mounted in a life-like pose in the world.
After a large sauropod like a Barosaurus died, Evans points out, it would have become a veritable "all-you-can-eat buffet" for carnivorous dinosaurs such as Allosaurus, and the chance of its skeleton's being completely dismembered and the individual bones carried away to far-flung locales would have been high.
They may also spot our ROM mascots, Gordo the big green Barosaurus
, and our latest cuddly dino, the 7-foot- (2-metre-) tall yellow-striped Gertie the Albertosaurus.
Out of the vaults for the first time in 45 years is a spectacular 80- to 90-foot (24- to 27-metre) long Barosaurus
(see page 15 for details).
What no one expected was that Evans would find a skeleton of Barosaurus, one of the rarest North American sauropods, right here at the ROM.
The Barosaurus wasn't listed in the ROM's records, but fellow ROM paleontologist Kevin Seymour found a 1968 letter from McIntosh identifying the dinosaur as Barosaurus.