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I recently bought a Do It Yourself Psittacosaurus skeleton cast. And I thought it would be fun to share the process of mounting the skeleton. I already had a skeleton cast of a juvenile Psittacosaurus but now I also have an adult version! As it came painted, I could just have mounted it as is. But I wanted to give it a more interesting post rather than a a straight spine and tail. Since the spine and tail come in bundled segments of vertebrae. I thought I would cut them apart so that I could create curves better. And as I was modifying it anyway, I might as well improve it here and there as well. Some parts like the vertebral foramen on the vertebrae and some fenestra are filled in on the original cast. So I decided to dril some holes to make the details a bit more accurate. Size comparison with the adult and juvenile skeleton. The frame I made for the juvenile is pretty basic and primitive so I want to make a better and prettier mount for the big one. Drilling out the vertebral foramen in the middle and separating the vertebrae. Process of drilling holes and opening up the inside of the skull to more accurately reflect actual openings in a real skull. I'm not done smoothing out the new hole syet though. So right now it still looks quite ugly. More to come soon!
JohnBrian posted a topic in Fossil NewsFrom Western Digs: One of the most abundant and diverse families of dinosaurs from the Ancient West has a new member among its ranks. Two new specimens of ceratopsid, or horn-faced dinosaur, have been found in separate locations in the U.S. and Canada, and their shared features are so distinctive that paleontologists say they “definitively” represent a species that’s new to science. The whole story http://westerndigs.org/new-species-of-horned-dinosaur-with-flashy-butterfly-shaped-frill-discovered-in-montana/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+westerndigsorg+%28Western+Digs%29 The team reports their find in the journal Naturwissenschaften.