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Preparation of Zuul crurivastator

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thelivingdead531

That is pretty neat! I especially like the bony eyelid. Do any other dinosaurs have them?

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thelivingdead531

Thanks for the info @Troodon! That’s pretty interesting. I’m really fascinated by Zuul’s eyelid bone. 

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Fruitbat

Is this the same specimen that ROM pulled out of the Coal Ridge Member of the Judith Formation in Montana?  I thought there was supposed to be quite a bit of soft tissue preservation with this one.

 

Here's a link to THAT article: Arbour, V.M. and D.C. Evans (2017). A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with soft tissue preservation. R.Soc. open sci. 4:161086.

 

BTW...you've got to LOVE the creativity that is being used on dinosaur names these days!  For example:

 

Zuul crurivastator  (ankylosaurid) from 'Ghostbusters'

'Crichtonsaurus' benxiensis  (ankylosaurid) from the name of the author Michael Crichton who wrote, among other things, 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World'

Dracorex hogwarstia (pachycephalosaurid) from the Harry Potter series

Bambiraptor feinbergi (dromaeosaurid) from the Disney Movie 'Bambi'

 

I'm sure there are lots of others but I can't think of any right now.  I'm waiting for one named after my favorite movie monster...the inimitable Godzilla!

 

 

-Joe

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Troodon

@Fruitbat

Yes to both your questions

 

Using Spectroscopy in search of soft tissue in samples like this and having success

 

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Check out the keratin sheath on this tail spike

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Fruitbat

Nice!  VERY nice!

 

-Joe

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Pagurus

I want to grow up to be a paleontologist!

Thanks for posting these images. Awesome in every sense.

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Peat Burns

@Fruitbat, not a dinosaur, but bears the name "Godzillus" nonetheless.

 

Godzillus

 

Disclaimer:  I am not a big fan of these kinds of vernacular names in science :(

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JohnBrewer

Looking forward to the next 4 years of prep :popcorn:

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Troodon
Just now, JohnBrewer said:

Looking forward to the next 4 years of prep :popcorn:

Ha ha wow that's a commitment 

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Fruitbat

Peat...I'm not either...but you have to admit that they're amusing!

 

Like using Arfia as the generic name for a dog-like creodont!

 

-Joe

 

 

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Peat Burns
1 hour ago, Fruitbat said:

Peat...I'm not either...but you have to admit that they're amusing!

 

Like using Arfia as the generic name for a dog-like creodont!

 

-Joe

 

 

They definitely raise eyebrows!

 

Here's another bad example (although not a species name):  Acidic, slimy, stalactite-like biofilms found in caves are being called "snotites".  Corresponding biofilms on the cave floor are termed "phlegmites" :headscratch:ugh...

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Fruitbat

I've SEEN both of those things...and the names, while disgusting, are appropriate!

 

-Joe

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Ptychodus04

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I couldn’t help myself. :P

 

Very cool topic.

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Troodon

Zuul quarry in Montana

 

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Fruitbat

Is that actually Dan Aykroyd with Zuul in the picture above?

 

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-Joe

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Troodon

Yes check it out for yourself

 

 

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RJB

and I thought 100 hours was a lot for one project.  4  Years!  wow.   A super interesting thread.  Thanks Troodon.

 

RB

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FossilDAWG

Strange looking guitar that guy is playing.

 

Don

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JohnBrewer
3 hours ago, FossilDAWG said:

Strange looking guitar that guy is playing.

 

Don

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Yeah, and not very good at playing I guess judging by the woman who’s just about to lob a case at his head!

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Ptychodus04

Preparation is indeed a slow and tedious process yet quite rewarding for the preparator. I thoroughly enjoy watching a specimen slowly come out of the rock after millions of years in hiding. Thanks for sharing this thread @Troodon

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Troodon
On 1/20/2018 at 6:45 AM, Ptychodus04 said:

Preparation is indeed a slow and tedious process yet quite rewarding for the preparator. I thoroughly enjoy watching a specimen slowly come out of the rock after millions of years in hiding. Thanks for sharing this thread @Troodon

Thanks.  Definitely is a very slow process and if rushed can destroy what your after.

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