A Firsthand Account by Michael Anderson
Peabody Museum Preparator Michael Anderson checking a one-third scale fiberglass cast of the Torosaurus skull for accuracy.
The Peabody brought together paleontologists, zoologists and an army of artists and volunteers [under the direction of Dr. Jacques Gautier and the sculptor, Michael Anderson] to create a 21-foot life-size bronze sculpture of Torosaurus
In December 1999, then Yale Peabody Museum Director Richard Burger and Vertebrate Paleontology Curator Jacques Gauthier approached me about creating a life-sized dinosaur sculpture for the front of the Museum. Dr. Gauthier wanted a very accurate model for presentation, so he sent me to work with Ralph Chapman at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Using animated computer models, and with advice from specialists worldwide, Chapman had recently created the most accurate skeletal reconstruction of Triceratops to date.