Introducing Lane, a mummified Triceratops with a new address at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.

May 14, 2012

As the final countdown to the June 2 opening of our new Hall of Paleontology continues, we’ve introduced you to a few of our new roommates here at HMNS. We’ve shown you Wyrex, a T. rex with some seriously spirited fingers; and Priscilla, a mastodon with a gender identity crisis.

Now it’s time to introduce you to the head honcho, the most impressive specimen we’ve got. Meet Lane, the mummified Triceratops. That’s right, mummified. As in this guy was preserved with large swatches of his skin intact.

That’s dinosaur skin, y’all.

Not only is Lane a rare, all-bone specimen, he will be displayed with a portion of his original skin, a cast of which patrons can touch to get an idea of what dinosaur skin might have felt like if one was brave enough to get that close.

Don’t worry, he’ll have a head when you see him.

In honor of this big announcement, we’re delighted to reveal the third in our series of special T-Rex Trying for HMNS images:

T-Rex trying to settle an old score...

This one’s extra super special, because — as you’ll see when you visit your new Hall of Paleontology — our designers mounted Lane in a fighting pose with a Tyrannosaurus rex, and patrons will actually be able to walk between the two and hedge their own bets on who might’ve come out on top.

For more on Lane, his name and his history, keep checking back at Beyond Bones.

Authored By Caroline Gallay

Caroline was the Digital Media Editor at HMNS from 2012 to 2013. She was responsible for telling the Museum’s story online. You could find Caroline on the site profiling characters around the museum and making sure you knew what the what was going on around this crazy/awesome place.

8 responses to “Introducing Lane, a mummified Triceratops with a new address at 5555 Hermann Park Dr.”

  1. Lane Zerbst says:

    What an amazing honor!!!!

  2. Dave t says:

    Wow, most people have no idea who that comment was left by.

  3. Fayza says:

    Yes, it was written by THE Lane himself — who our triceratops is named after! But everyone will know soon 🙂

  4. Stacie Bryant says:

    I’m choked up. This is unreal, so special. No casts, but all bone. Thank you to all who worked so long and hard in getting Lane from the tomb to the museum.

    I’m so inspired…I want to go on a dig and be part of the team that works so hard to find and preserve these prehistoric creatures. Where would I begin?

    If this is not feasible, then how could I be part of the education process (or any process) for the public and tell the story for this and other inspiring historical perspectives for these prehistoric creatures???


  5. Matt says:

    A “mummified” Triceratops! I already wish I could come down to Houston and see this specimen. I’m sure it will be one of the highlights of the new paleontology halls.
    The photos of the skin impressions are very impressive. I know some paleontologists feel that triceratops may have had feathered quills, along with a few other interesting guesses at to what the skin had. From the photos of I have seen of Lane’s skin impressions, I think triceratops had skin that resembled a crocodilian. All the better to have thick hide with dermal plates if your living around Tyrannosaurus rex.
    I’m overall very excitied about the new paleontology hall and Lane in specific. Since I helped excavate some Triceratops fossils in Glenrock Wyoming with the Paleon Museum.
    Kind Regards,

  6. Roger says:

    I had a chance to see Lane today with my kids. Absolutely magnificent! Thank you to the Zerbst family for sharing this treasure!

  7. Larry Martin says:

    What a GREAT example of commercial paleontology coexisting alongside academic paleontology, resulting in a wonderful specimen being exhibited for all to see. What a perfect outcome it would be if something similar comes out of the auction of the Montana Deuling Dinosaurs, set for November of this year. What a tremendous attraction for the museum that becomes the final home of the “Deulers”!!!!!

  8. emiliano says:

    anybody knows the exactly height and lenght of lane? and any picture with a person to compare the size?

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