35a. Struthiomimus Restored, 1916

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In his article on Struthiomimus, Osborn included some sketches that suggested how the dinosaur might have moved and behaved in real life.  Osborn himself thought that Struthiomimus probably ran like a modern iguana or agama, and browsed on tree leaves.  The top images in each pair reflect Osborn’s views.  G. William Beebe thought that Struthiomimus might have been an insectivore and fed on ant hills.  Barnum Brown proposed that it might have lived along the shore and fed on small crustaceans.  These proposals are portrayed in the bottom set of images.

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Source

Osborn, Henry Fairfield. "Skeletal adaptations of Ornitholestes, Struthiomimus, Tyrannosaurus," in: Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, vol. 35 (1916), pp. 733-771.  This work was on display in the original exhibition as item 35.

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