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Ptychodus04

Here’s a tease of one of my upcoming prep projects. It’s not next in queue but it’s coming soon. I spent some time doing exploratory prep on it for the last couple of days. Anyone know what it is? I’ll give you 2 hints. It’s from the Green River Formation and it’s not a fish.

 

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fossilhunter21

That is an awesome fossil! I am really looking forward to seeing you prep this. :popcorn: I am not good with GRF fossils, but could it be a bat? 

 

-Micah

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Nanotyrannus35
6 minutes ago, fossilhunter21 said:

That is an awesome fossil! I am really looking forward to seeing you prep this. :popcorn: I am not good with GRF fossils, but could it be a bat? 

 

-Micah

That's exactly what I thought, when I saw those 2 thin bones a bit to the left of the center, the first thing my mind went to was bat wing.:popcorn:

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Tidgy's Dad

Some sort of lizard? 

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Bat (followed by bird) were my first two thoughts.

 

Looking forward to seeing the prep.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Fossildude19

Bird was my first guess.

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It's the missing head of the notogoneous! Prep it and ship it to immediately for reattachment! 

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I see something triangular down among the dark gray blobs in the lower portion of the photo.  That is either a bird pelvis or skull.  Bird is my guess.  

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Ptychodus04

We have some astute members here! It is a bird. I’ll know more as soon as I get the skull prepped (that will require gluing on the split piece) but I’m about 90% convinced it is a parrot. I’ll post a pic through the microscope later but there’s soft tissue preserved on most of the bones!

 

Here’s a pic of the video monitor where I’m working on the distal ends of the ulna and radius. The circle of bone is a vertebral ring (don’t know the technical term for it).

 

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fossilhunter21

Bats are basically birds, right? :D It would be cool to prep a bird, especially one from the GRF. Good luck to you! 

 

-Micah

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21 minutes ago, Ptychodus04 said:

I’m about 90% convinced it is a parrot.

That would be a DEAD parrot. :default_rofl:

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing it progress.

 

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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fossilhunter21
7 minutes ago, digit said:

That would be a DEAD parrot. :default_rofl:

 

 

 

 

:default_rofl:

 

-Micah

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'e's not dead..... 'e's just sleepin'.

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Tidgy's Dad

Beautiful plumage.

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48 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Beautiful plumage.

... the Norwegian Blue etc.,  Pinin' for the Feeeyords 

One of the simply funniest skits in the English language ever created.  

 

I am intrigued, Ptych... what makes you think parrot?  The Green River proto-parrot (Cyrilavis) did not have a parrot-like beak.  What else are you seeing?  

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Pinin' for the fjords.

 

I wondered where I left that! You have my address?

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Ptychodus04
18 hours ago, fossilhunter21 said:

Bats are basically birds, right? :D It would be cool to prep a bird, especially one from the GRF. Good luck to you! 

 

-Micah

Bats are definitely not basically birds. The only things the have in common are flight and warm bloodedness. Even their flight capabilities are totally different. :P

 

It is cool but not fun to prep a bird. There’s no margin for error!

 

17 hours ago, jpc said:

... the Norwegian Blue etc.,  Pinin' for the Feeeyords 

One of the simply funniest skits in the English language ever created.  

 

I am intrigued, Ptych... what makes you think parrot?  The Green River proto-parrot (Cyrilavis) did not have a parrot-like beak.  What else are you seeing?  

I don’t think it’s Cyrilavis but the rings around the verts, length of carpometacarpus, foot structure, and skull are pretty parrot-like. I have some info that I haven’t shared yet… an X-ray

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oooohhhh.... an x-ray.  Bonus points!!!

Vert rings... this confuses me.  The Cyrilavis specimen has tracheal rings, which these might be.   I am no expert on bird osteology but I may have done a bit more homework than most.  Your victim certainly has a very short tarsometatarsus, which is parrot-oid, but a few other birds also have short a tmt (penguins, but that is not to be expected in the GRF)..  I'll buy a possible proto-parrot. 

 

In any case, this is pretty darn cool.  Congrats on getting to do the work.   

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This is 1 prep that I’m glad its you doing and not me! You get to prep the coolest stuff! How long of a prep do you think it will be?

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Nanotyrannus35

 Is this a prep for you or a prep for a client? If it is for a client, I bet you wish it was a prep for you, cause that bird is amazing!

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54 minutes ago, Randyw said:

This is 1 prep that I’m glad its you doing and not me! You get to prep the coolest stuff! How long of a prep do you think it will be?

I am jealous... I would love to do this kind of thing.  Esp with the x-ray as a guide. 

 

Ptych... do you do micro-prep with a video camera and computer monitor?   

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This is purty cool!

 

RB

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