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Auspex

Alas, Poor Yoruk...

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Auspex

I just acquired this old reproduction Hesperornis skull to go with the substantial number of bones (from four individuals) I have picked-up over the past several months. The skeletal elements, in total comprising maybe 30% of a composit bird, require quite a bit of preparation to make them presentable (they are all from S. W. South Dakota (Pierre Shale), and are heavily crystallized). Eventually, they should make a pretty impressive mount :)

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JimB88

sounds cool! Cant wait to see the completed mount!

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xonenine

too awesome Chas, I can't wait to see the outcome either :)

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Fossildude19

"I knew him, Horatio..." :)

Great acquisition, Chas.

Congratulations.

Regards,

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Plantguy

Chas, as Jim stated earlier--that does sound cool!....I was out earlier in the week trying to photograph the birds in the neighborhood-new project with modest results thus far. Got some cranes and storks and raptors but would have been nice to see something large with a beak with teeth! Keep us posted. Regards, Chris

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masonboro37

Exciting and "of most excellent fancy"....... :)

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Auspex

I'll be saving up for a while before I can have the fossil material prepped; I'm financially tapped-out from acquiring it (who could pass up Hesperornis material?).

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Terry Dactyll

Chas....Fantastic aquisition...good luck with the mount....

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sixgill pete

Very Cool Chas, looked up the bird and was fascinated as I read about it. Thanks for posting this and I too can't wait to see the final result.

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Auspex

Thanks all! I really never thought I'd ever have the opportunity to have something like this :D

I know I have multiple leg and foot bones (more than enough), a sternum, a synsacrum, some neck verts, and other as-yet unknown bits. At this point I envision a panel mount, but preparation beyond my abilities is required (and is currently not in the budget).

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Coco

Hi,

Chas, it is a marvelous fossil ! :wub:

Coco

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DLB

One mean lookin bird :() it makes me worried!

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DLB

Nice to see u acquiring more bird material too!

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donckey

Great birdskull,

Now I understand why you are in love with birdfossils!

Must be hard to find birdfossils.

Congrets with that beauty :)

I found some bones in a crack filled with deposits of perhaps pleistoceen age. Somebody told be there could be birdbones (Galliformes?) among them.

How can I tell they are birdbones?

Peter

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Auspex

...I found some bones in a crack filled with deposits of perhaps pleistoceen age. Somebody told be there could be birdbones (Galliformes?) among them.

How can I tell they are birdbones?

Peter

Many of the bones in a bird's skeleton are distinctive; see here what I mean: LINK

You can post pictures to the Forum, if you wish :)

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donckey

Thanks for the link!

I will post some pictures after some study.

Don't want to like a fool :D

Peter

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AJ Plai

That specimen looks really great! Congratz with your latest acquisition :)

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cowsharks

It's neat to see you post something...cool bird fossil...love those teeth!

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JohnJ

I wish I had the equipment and experience with material from that area....

Looking forward to the results. :)

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KansasFossilHunter

Have any updates for us Auspex?

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Auspex

Have any updates for us Auspex?

Since last we spoke, I have had to buy a new air conditioner and furnace for the store, and a new transmission for the van...these expenditures came to about 50% of my annual take-home pay :( . As for the fossils, the best I can say is that they are safe and stable. It will be a while before anything else can be done.

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PennyT.

Congratulations on your Yorick

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jpc

Nice skull... aupex if I didn't have a garageful of my own fossils i would offer to prep them for you. Alas, poor me... to me any fossils, too few lifetimes.

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Terry Dactyll

Chas.... Sorry to hear your run of bad luck....

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