In Montana, King visited the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman and then stopped in Canada to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. While visiting these museums, he studied other tyrannosaur fossils to serve as a comparison to the fossils from Ivan. King particularly focused on the gastralia (belly ribs). The gastralia, with regard to tyrannosaur, are not well understood among paleontologists. The information collected will assist the Museum curatorial staff in a better understanding of the structure and function of the gastralia.
With all the data that was collected, it will take some time to complete the research. However, even before the research is complete some of the information will be shared with the public next week at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18 at Coffee with the Curator featuring Steven King.
Research at the Museum of World Treasures helps bring the most updated and accurate information to Museum constituents, and to tell the stories of our collections that teach us our place in this beautifully diverse world. The Museum looks forward to the completion of research and the potential of publishing these findings in an academic journal.