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Found 13 results

  1. We've got Bonnie, the Dimetrodon almost uncovered! Here is a recent TV news story about her! Channel 3 Wichita Falls News Story on Bonnie the Dimetrodon
  2. varanosaurus and friends

    how adorable are these femora?! The longer of the two is a varanosaur and the other is a bit of a mystery. I suspect its a baby Secodontosaurus with the short shaft and immature ossification. Age is lower Permian.
  3. 290-Million-Year-Old Fossil Now in Seymour Museum By: Samaria Terry, June 30, 2017 http://www.texomashomepage.com/news/local-news/290-million-year-old-fossil-now-in-seymour-museum/755137806 The Whiteside Museum of Natural History (July 28, National Dimetrodon Day) http://www.whitesidemuseum.org Yours, Paul H.
  4. Amphibian humerus

    Hey guys here's a shot of an adorable amphibian humerus I found while working on a jacket with some ddon bones. Always nice to find a surprise hidden in the block.
  5. Secodontosaurus

    Hey gang here's an awesome secodontosaurus vertebra. These guys are awesome slender finbacks. Also known as the fox faced finback.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Dimetrodon Radius

    Hey gang Here's a quick shot of a monster dimetrodon radius we collected this weekend. Part of one of the big skeletons were working on. More pics soon.
  10. Dimetrodon neural spines

    Hey gang here's a great Ddon fin spine. just finished prepping. Had to remove a lot of caliche cemented to the outside. very young ddon.
  11. Dimetrodon skeleton

    Hey gang here is a glimpse of.one of the skeletons. Great articulation. back at it this morning.
  12. Dimetrodons!

    Hey gang it's been so long since I've posted. I've been digging like crazy at my Permian sites all year. Have 4 very good articulated Dimetrodons as well as some other guys that are completely new. I added 2 pics- one of a great Ddon femur and the other an ulna. Enjoy! Back to digging in 7 hours or so...
  13. Ok, so I've been doing some thinking about the Eryops site I found on my dig this past week with The Whiteside Museum in Seymour, Texas... I know... I'm obsessed... but I just can't help it! I keep thinking, “What is going on here?!?!?!" We have a red sandstone layer on top of the hillsides. Above that we are finding our favorite plant-eating reptile of the Permian the Edaphosaurus, which makes perfect sense because they preferred the banks of stream channels. Below the sandstone we are finding our shark teeth and shark spines. Now below that, have we possibly found a whole layer of Eryops??? Hmmm...... It's possible! We are finding Eryops teeth and bone fragments at about the same level below the sandstone on several of the hillsides. Now we have found a possible Eryops skeleton on a hillside at the same level we are finding the bone fragments and teeth on the other hillsides. So let's think about these primitive Permian amphibians a bit... These guys lived along stream channels. They had bulky bodies, so they were slow moving on land. In the water they had buoyancy to help them out, so they were most likely able to move a little faster there. Their flat skull with eyes and nostrils on top of their heads meant that they probably hunted like our modern crocs do today. They would float just below the surface of the water and wait for fish to swim by so he could snap them up. The Eryops had no chewing motion in their jaw structure so they would swallow prey whole. His palatal teeth helped hold onto his prey while he tossed it around to swallow it. The Eryops was also a p-r-e-t-t-y big guy for his time. He grew to be about 5' long and weighed close to 200 pounds, so that put him near the top of the Permian food chain. Remember... I said NEAR the top of the food chain. The Eryops would have been no match for the flesh eating Dimetrodon. We haven't seen any evidence of this happening at the site though. In fact we've seen almost no Dimetrodon at all, except for one small tooth. So that begs the question... What about in the water? Could the Eryops have been SHARK BAIT!?!?!? Not sure, but it's certainly possible... I've attached a picture of a piece of Eryops rib bone below that looks a bit suspicious. A fossil buddy of mine, TroyB who is a scale, sharklage, and coprolite fanatic thinks the bone could have bite marks on it. If you look closely at the picture there are some streaks that run through the bone that look like this Eryops could have had a run-in with a shark, but the jury is still out. We are not 100% convinced yet. We'll just have to wait and see what other evidence we can turn up. Chris Flis aka. Dinodigger, had a suggestion on what else it could be. I just can't remember what he said. Maybe he'll weigh-in and let us know. Another cool thing you'll notice about this rib bone is there's an Eryops tooth in the matrix around the rib! We have found OODLES of shed Eryops teeth while digging at this site. You'll also notice that this bone is fairly clean, which is exciting. Quite a bit of the bone we have been finding is coated in a bubbly matrix that we will have to carefully take off with the air scribe, which means LOTS more time and work. I've also included some pictures of the site before we found the Eryops skull and then one after we found the skull. We had to jacket the skull and tarp the site due to the coming rains. Yikes! Between the rain and the local Javelina residents it's been a little tricky protecting the site. Apparently the roots I left in the ground from all the cactus I dug up created a bit of a "Hog Heaven". Who would have thought that cactus root is a hog delicacy in the Texas Red Beds?!?! Duh! It's juicy and has no thorns! We learn something everyday folks! Anyway, there is some really interesting stuff going on here! I can't wait to get back and see what else we will find. I'll keep you posted! Best, Leigh
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