We have a new transfer student this semester at the College. He spends the majority of his time in the School of Science and Math building and is, quite literally, a teacher’s pet amongst the Geology department. His name is Bucky. Standing tall at 13 feet, with a length of 41, Bucky is somewhere between 230 and 65 million years old.
A young rodeo cowboy named Bucky Derflinger discovered him only 18 years ago in Indianapolis. The Children’s Museum of of Indianapolis loaned Bucky to the College. The College and its natural history museum collaborate on researching and excavating the fossil remains of dinosaurs and other extinct life from the Badlands of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Working with the children’s museum earned CofC the privilege of borrowing Bucky for one year.
Dr. Phil Manning helped to spearhead the recruitment of Bucky. “Through collaborative outreach, research and teaching projects with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,” Manning said, “we hope to build a lasting relationship that will benefit CofC students and staff alike.” The T. rex exhibit shows how integrated the sciences have become. The soon-to-be installed graphic panels at the base of the dinosaur will show how biology, chemistry, physics, math and geology all come together in the analysis of fossil remains.
Manning and other professors at the College are excited to integrate the T. rex fossil into their lessons. “I am already using the exhibit in my Paleobiology class and in outreach activities to local schools,” he said, “We hope that the T. rex will become a ‘hub’ for interdisciplinary science. ”Bucky made his way from Indianapolis straight to your syllabus.
Manning referred to the T. rex as the “Coca-Cola of dinosaurs”— well-known and widespread. But Bucky is a distinguished member of our campus. He will reside here for one year to show students the splendid history of our Earth and will then return to his home in Indianapolis. Go see him before he goes extinct!