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Found 37 results

  1. Bonnie the Dimetrodon

    Hey gang here is a quick shot of a good day- finally getting Bonnie the Dimetrodon out of the quarry and into the museum. 8 months of digging and preparing for this big move. The weight is right at 6000 pounds. Next stage is getting her opened up and prepped. In the quarry we have 2 more skeletons to start on. Dang I love the Permian.
  2. Dimetrodon canine

    Hey gang just posting a quick shot of an absolute monster maxillary fang from a very big Dimetrodon. Quarry has been yielded some incredible material. Removing a 10k pound block this weekend with a very nice skeleton. Will have some photos soon.
  3. Dimetrodon and friends

    Hey gang, here's a quick shot from the site- one of my team mates found this monster Dimetrodon maxillary fang. Needless to say it's the largest she's found and ranks up there with largest in the research collection. Beaitiful serrations and complete resorption pit. Would have been from a pretty healthy size Dimetrodon of 12 to 15 feet.
  4. Dimetrodon

    From the album Nigel's album

    Meat shearing tooth
  5. Varanosaurus!!

    Hey gang, here's some pics of a few nice specimens from this weekends field work. Still finding quite a bit of varanosaurus material. Very nice tibia. Also a precious young Dimetrodon humerus. Last shot is from a massive ddon post canine. Enjoy! Chris
  6. Dimetrodon yay!

    Hey gang, see how many verts you can find. Notice the neural spines that make up the fin. Came across this cluster as I was taking the hill back to get some fresh soil samples and do more work on the stratigraphic portion of the research. Well, and so we could find more bones of course... this is dimetrodon number 6 in an area that is roughly 20 feet by 10 feet... wowzers.
  7. Hello. I haven't been to this site for a while, and I've been doing a lot of paleontology reading and studying. I've been through 6 or 7 books over the past couple of months that focus on different aspects of paleontology. It seems that one of the areas I'm most interested in is the Permian period, but it's really difficult to find the kind of information I'm looking for. There seems to be a swath of books at my local library covering dinosaurs, the Cambrian explosion, Mammoths, and even several books on the origin of life itself. These books fill up one and a half 8 foot tall book shelves, but there are only 2 books on the Permian period - both by the same author, and both on the same topic - the end Permian extinction. I think there may be a few other periodicals and such that are focused on the geology of the basin, but not on the time period, the fauna, the vertebrates, the predators, etc... Is there just that much of a lack of information on the Permian period (in the fossil record), or is it just that no one is very interested in it? Even Amazon searching for a book on the Permian gets very few results with mostly low rated books. I thought surely that someone would have written a book covering all those strange and interesting creatures - the Gorgonopsia, the Eryops, the Edaphosaurus, the sea creatures and so on.
  8. I found this fossil of a piece of Dimetrodon spine on ebay from a presumably reputable site. Is the fossil genuine? And if it is, does it really belong to Dimetrodon?
  9. Well... It was another exciting week at the Whiteside Museum! We have been busy, busy, busy! Work on our Eryops jacket "Fred" is underway right smack dab in the middle of the museum for everyone to see. So exciting! There have been close to 100 Eryops teeth that we have pulled from the Eryops site. Each one has to be cleaned, numbered, and added to collections. We have been steady digging on our Dimetrodon Mary! The bone count is stellar! More than a dozen complete fin spines, C3 cervical, left and right hips, radius, fibula, left clavicle, three caudals, sacral rib, more than a dozen complete main torso ribs, left and right maxilla, left mandible, and as of this afternoon our director Chris Flis found Mary's beautiful tibia! Many patient hours are being spent on our Mary... Because the bone is so fragile most of Mary is having to be left in place and will be brought back to the museum in one GIANT jacket. However, there have been a few smaller jackets that we have been able to safely remove and bring back to the lab for prep. The bone is absolutely gorgeous! Some crazy weather rolled in this week at the museum. Nothing like a snow day this past Monday to help us get caught up a bit on prep work and collections! I am looking forward to going back next month. I'm so thrilled to be apart of all the incredible research and work that's going on at the Whiteside Museum! Truly fascinating! Best, Leigh
  10. George The Dimetrodon Update

    Hi gang, its 102. What a great temperature to dig in right?? So here is a link to more pics of the George skeleton, a nice Dimetrodon giganhomogenus. He is slowly continuing to relinquish himself from the bluff. Weathering out for the last couple thousand years has done some damage but the pieces are all going together. We have elements from every part of the body now, except a few. Accounted for are elements from the neck, back, pelvis, fin, legs, and ribcage. The most abundant element is the fin spines and vertebrae which is nice. We came across the odontoid this week, which is the vertebra that connects with the skull. So fingers crossed, we'll see George's smiling face soon. Enjoy the pics, back out to bake in the sun soon. Chris https://www.flickr.com/photos/45026327@N05/sets/72157645258158457/
  11. Dimetrodon Update!

    Hey Gang, Just got in from another good day in the field. Continued digging into the wall to uncover more of Patti and Matthew, the latter is the newest of the Dimetrodon grandis species that appeared this week. Best find of the day was Patti's ulna. I found her left one a few months ago finally found her right today. She has pretty elbows. Tried using that line once and it worked!! Anyhoooo, the ulna is stunning. Great great shape. Uncrushed and complete. Just beautiful and huge. We have a few ulna's from the loomisi species and what a difference. Just night and day. The proximal and distal ends are just so much more robust. Got more of Patti's neural spines exposed as well. We are all in agreement that they are the thickest we've ever seen. We've also never really seen a drawing of a grandis skeleton describing the neural spines like the ones patti has. I'm going to be doing a new rendition of the grandis skeleton after we get the jacket in the lab. Going to be fun re-describing grandis. The longest spine so far is almost 4 feet. Add two more feet to get to the tip. Add the body thickness. The beast will be ten feet tall. Holy snarge. Our loomisi's are always right around 5 or 6. Unreal. Matthew's humungu-gigantical skull is coming along super slow as well. The thin edges around the maxilla are pretty brittle. Glue... Pick... Glue... Pick... Dang! GlueGlueGlueGlueGlue. Pick. And so on. Did get two more massive post canines exposed. Tooth count is up to 8 now. Should be just about near the end of the max given the amount of teeth. Grandis has proven to have just about 8 or 9 post canines. Loomisi always more 12 or 14. Nice to have the difference. I through in a pick of a great fang. Found in the Sternberg spoil pile. Rains washed it out. Wow. CF https://www.flickr.com/photos/45026327@N05/sets/72157642882980604/
  12. Huge Dimetrodon Score!

    Hey gang, Huge score this week in Dimetrodon land. Our huge beast of a Dimetrodon, Patti, is slowly becoming more and more complete. The near complete Dimetrodon loomisi, Mallori, laying next to the Dimetrodon grandis, Patti, is becoming more fascinating every day. This is the first time the two species have been found at this completeness side by side. The morphological studies defining the two is going to be so. much. fun. Two weeks ago I found a strange bone near Patti's skull; initially I attributed it to something sacral in nature. When I finally took it out after mapping, I notice the basioccipital process hidden below a thin layer of clay. It was the braincase. I can't even begin to describe how incredible this is. For one, and least important, its one of four we have found in 8 years. Thats only one every two years. This year we found three. Mallori the Dimetrodon loomisi has one, a complete one at that. Patti's is immense. This is the first time a skeleton has been found that is inarguably a grandis species, which has a pretty complete skeleton including the pelvis and braincase. I found the pelvis on friday, also complete and uncrushed. Grandis is supposed to have a longer ilium than other species. Finally a grandis with all the parts. We can finally osteologicaly define a Dimetrodon grandis. More fun than a barrel full of subterranean diplocaulids in springtime... https://www.flickr.com/photos/45026327@N05/sets/72157641875759275/
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