IVPP dinosaur mural

Competition time (with no prizes awarded)!

One of the much under appreciated features of the IVPP exhibition halls is a series of huge murals covering various geological epochs and the Chinese animals present at those times and naturally one of these covers the Mesozoic in full. I’ve been meaning to try to cover this for a while but have been held up by the fact that they are very hard to photograph. Finally I decided that rather than trying to cover the whole thing in several big chunks it would be easier to take a bunch of small photos of individual dinosaurs and put them up (there are pterosaurs, rauisuchians, ichthyosaurs and more covered too but I decided just to stick to dinosaurs here).

Here they are then. Since the whole thing is not labelled, I thought it fun to leave them here merely as nice pictures and let people guess the likely identities of the taxa if they wish. Some are quite obvious and some rather indeterminate with several plausible answers. This was done about 10 years ago so feel free to stick to older or newer taxonomies but nothing named post about 1999 will be in there.

5 Responses to “IVPP dinosaur mural”


  1. 1 Dave Howlett 19/05/2010 at 8:36 pm

    At a glance, I would guess the mural shows:

    1) Gasosaurus (or similar indeterminate midsize theropod)
    2) Monolophosaurus
    3) Either Shunosaurus (as it appears to have a club) or Omeisaurus (which although it did not have a club was long thought to) and Velociraptor (although this may be Gasosaurus if 1) is not)
    4) Probactrosaurus or Altirhinus (although if this mural is 10 years old, this genus would have still been under Iguanodon, as I recall the type of A.kurzanovi was referred to the now defunct I.orientalis)
    5) Wuerhosaurus
    6) Psittacosaurus
    7) Pinacosaurus and possibly Euhelopus
    8) Protoceratops
    9) Tarbosaurus and Tsintaosaurus

    Of these, I am pretty certain about 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9.

  2. 2 Brad McFeeters 20/05/2010 at 3:57 am

    The first one is Dilophosaurus sinensis.

  3. 3 David Hone 20/05/2010 at 8:03 am

    Yep, pretty much what I think bar 7. I think that’s supposed to be an oviraptorosaur or ornithomimid on the nest next to the ankylosaur, so it’s not Euhelopus!

    • 4 Dave Howlett 20/05/2010 at 9:46 am

      Heh, I actually was surprised at the lack of any apparent oviraptorosaur or ornithomimid, but looking at it from that point of view it definitely makes sense – especially considering the scale of the unknown dinosaur compared to Tarbosaurus! It was the possibly macronarian head that threw me, but an oviraptorosaurian crest fits better.

      • 5 David Hone 20/05/2010 at 10:22 am

        Well the scale is out on quite a few things on there – those Protoceratops are *tiny* but I think this is intended as an o-mimid or o-saur.


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