You know I love my self-united husband Dr. Lamanna, and you know I’ve already written about how you can adopt a bone from one of the Carnegie’s dinosaurs, and you know how I already snarked on how kind of sort of lame that is… but darn it, this story keeps getting weirder.
The bones are adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a bone is paid for, no one else can adopt it. The teeth, however, are in unlimited supply and the same tooth can be adopted by multiple people.
“We actually have scientific justification for this,” Lamanna said, explaining that dinosaurs — like sharks — had an unlimited supply of teeth. If they lost one, a new one would soon grow to replace it.
“Adopters, of course, can’t take the bones home — the curators really don’t like that — but they can visit,” said Dave Smith, acting co-director of the museum.
David Newell — Mr. McFeely of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — adopted a stegosaurus bone. “Pittsburgh is a wonderful neighborhood, and I couldn’t wait to adopt my bone,” Newell said.
Come on. This totally sounds like a Carbolic article now that they’re quoting Mr. Freakin’ McFeely!
I bet there are going to be some nasty playground fights over the custody of shared teeth.