At the Museum für Naturkunde, Tristan Otto’s skeleton will be studied by a specialised team of researchers over the coming years, using cutting-edge technology and working in close collaboration with partners in science and research, industry and society.
Research around Tristan Otto began with the arrival of the original skull at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. In mid-July, a team of scientists travelled to Montana to carry out further excavations at the site where T. rex was found. The team’s ambition was to collect more information about the environment in which this giant carnivore lived. Can essential trace fossils such as crabs, snails, or bivalves be detected? Are remains of other vertebrates such as tortoises or fish to be found? Have any plant remains been preserved? The deposits around the site must be measured and samples taken. Modern analytic methods, as they are used in the isotope lab at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, allow us to draw conclusions on climatic conditions around 66 million years ago. Over the running period of the research project, parts of a puzzle will be put together in order to create a picture of the world Tristan Otto lived in.
The team’s findings will gradually feed into the exhibition, in which even now, visitors are introduced to the most exciting scientific questions in five areas of research.