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He spent his early career traveling the country, bargaining and trading for fossils.
After working a handful of years in Wyoming for AMNH in the late 1890s, Brown led an expedition to the Hell Creek Formation of southeastern Montana. There, in 1902, he discovered and excavated the first documented remains of Tyrannosaurus rex.
In 1910, in one of their most significant finds, Brown's team uncovered several hind feet from a group of Albertosaurus in Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park. For years, the fossils were largely forgotten in the recesses of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In the 1990s, Dr. Phil Currie, then head of dinosaur research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Canada, relocated the site of the bones using only an old photograph as a guide. He recommenced excavations there in the summer of 1998, and examination of the site under the Tyrrell Museum's auspices lasted until August, 2005. However, after Currie took a new job at the University of Alberta, a new crew began working at the site in 2006, intending to continue for several years.
In early 1923, Brown travelled with his then-wife Lilian to Yangon, the capital of what was then Burma. Brown focused his fossil prospection along areas of Pondaung Sandstone. A mandible with three teeth was recorded and catalogued at an exposure of sandstone outside of the town of Mogaung. He did not recognise the significance of his find until 14 years later, when Edwin H. Colbert, of the AMNH, identified the fossil as a new species of primate and the earliest known anthropoid in the world. He named the holotype Amphipithecus mogaungensis, or the ape-like creature of Mogaung, but considerable debate remains regarding its status as a primate and the lack of fossils compounds this issue.
An homage to Brown was in the 1998 IMAX film T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, in which he was played by actor Laurie Murdoch.
Barnum's second wife, Lilian Brown, wrote a book of memoirs titled I Married a Dinosaur about her life with him.
Currently, Barnum Brown is 149 years, 3 months and 8 days old. Barnum Brown will celebrate 150th birthday on a Sunday 12th of February 2023. Below we countdown to Barnum Brown upcoming birthday.
Almanac: Fossil hunter Barnum Brown
On February 12, 1873, the man who would discover the skeleton of the previously-unknown Tyrannosaurus Rex was born