Dinosaurs assemble!

I have shown a couple of these kinds of photos before, but so very long ago, it’s probably a novelty for most readers. This is a framework for a skeletal mount – all the bones , well casts, are laid out on the floor ready to be bolted onto the frame. You can just about see all the little hooks and cradles to take the individual elements and at the bottom is one of the polystyrene frames that holds all the pieces, and those trays fit into the crates at the back. Basically, this really is a build-your-own-dinosaur kit. For the record I *think* this is a Shunosaurus, but it’s really very hard to make out from here and I took the picture about 6 years ago, so I really can’t remember.

6 Responses to “Dinosaurs assemble!”


  1. 1 Leah 24/04/2012 at 6:42 pm

    Lol! Perfect title for this post/photo.

  2. 2 mattvr 25/04/2012 at 12:49 am

    More proof dinosaurs are faked by scientists to continue the global conspiracy against moral teachings! ;-)

    • 3 David Hone 25/04/2012 at 8:39 am

      Please don’t Matt. I do still get e-mails from people who think like that having found the blog. They don’t need encouragement.

      • 4 mattvr 25/04/2012 at 12:12 pm

        Sorry mate, unfortunately it’s a growing trend isn’t it, didn’t know you were copping it!

        It’s sad people don’t realise the level of sophistication and professionalism inherent in what you do.

        Bizarrely I thought it might be Shunosaurus when I saw the frame, something about the proportions.

      • 5 David Hone 25/04/2012 at 12:51 pm

        Yeah, I don’t get much but it does come through.

        And yes it is sad and annoying.

        I’ve only just realised that this isn’t one of my pre-shrunk photos and if you blow it up, there is what looks very much like a Shunosaurus skull (well what passes for a plaster one) on the grass on the right. I think this must be it

  3. 6 Robert A. Sloan 25/04/2012 at 4:10 am

    Thank you! It’s fascinating to see the armature. I often wondered how the larger mounts get put together without damaging the fossils.


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