If you’re ever in Oklahoma I urge you to visit the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. It’s not a huge museum, but it’s a whole lot of fun. The star of the show is the Hall of Ancient Life. Look what I found there:
Me and my pals Saurophanagax and Apatosaurus and Goofasaurus. pic.twitter.com/HGafrxEx3u
— bspencer (@vacuumslayer) October 15, 2014
But it gets better. See, when you get to the Cretaceous period, there’s a Pentaceratops on display. What’s so special about this enormous ceratopsian? Oh, nothing…just the fact that it happens to have the LARGEST SKULL EVER DISCOVERED EVER THAT’S RIGHT THE LARGEST. OF ALL TIME.
I stood mere feet from the skull, and it was at precisely that point that I discovered that pictures of fossils and artists’ renderings of prehistoric life simply do not convey to you how massive and otherworldly these ancient creatures were. The Penty was AMAZING, awe-inspiring. And, perhaps because I was so awed and amazed or perhaps because I’m a big, dumb idiothead, I did not snap a photo. But anyway, here’s someone else’s photo. Set peepers on THIS!:
All hail King Penty.
UPDATE: I have been alerted to the fact that the giant skull belongs to a Titanoceratops, not a Penty. My apologies for not being up on the latest developments freakishly-large-skull-discovery.