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New Alaskan Thalatosaur

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The fossil preparation specialist was our very own JPC.  :) 

 

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14 hours ago, Scylla said:

I didn't know either until I worked on this one.  Wait, it is still pretty mysterious (to me) what exactly a Thallatosaur is.  That's to say, if I had to tell someone what a Thallatosaur is, I would be hard pressed.  Olivier Rieppel's book on Monte San Giorgio fossils has a good definition, but it is pretty technical.  There is much variation in the skulls and sizes of these things that you can't just say " they are needle-snouted..."  NOPE.  Only this one is needle-snouted.  I use that example because it is the most obvious blatant characteristic of Gunakadeit .  Anyway, it was a cool project and I got to  go to Fairbanks in the winter three years in a row.  They have the most amazing ice sculpture championships up there in March.   

 

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809527

 

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3 hours ago, jpc said:

I didn't know either until I worked on this one.  Wait, it is still pretty mysterious (to me) what exactly a Thallatosaur is.  That's to say, if I had to tell someone what a Thallatosaur is, I would be hard pressed.  Olivier Rieppel's book on Monte San Giorgio fossils has a good definition, but it is pretty technical.  There is much variation in the skulls and sizes of these things that you can't just say " they are needle-snouted..."  NOPE.  Only this one is needle-snouted.  I use that example because it is the most obvious blatant characteristic of Gunakadeit .  Anyway, it was a cool project and I got to  go to Fairbanks in the winter three years in a row.  They have the most amazing ice sculpture championships up there in March.   

 

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=809527

 

Ok so is it Thalatosaur, thallatosaur, or thalattosaur? I have seen all three now:DOH:

 

Nice prep!

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2 hours ago, Scylla said:

Ok so is it Thalatosaur, thallatosaur, or thalattosaur? I have seen all three now:DOH:

 

Nice prep!

Glad to you asked.  I am guilty.  I have been spelling it wrongly.  One L twoT's is correct.  

Maybe now I will  know better.  But wait, I work with someone named Connely and I have a loud note to myself near my desk on how to correctly spell Connely, and I still have to look at my note all the time.  So maybe not.

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