Another incredible Gorgosaurus

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Gorgosaurus has had a lot of love on here thanks to the huge series of posts on the preparation of a specimen by Darren Tanke, but also with this recent effort. Despite the awesome quality of those, this one is arguably better. While not complete (almost no tail dang it) and with a little bit of squishing to the skull, this one clearly retains an awful lot of the 3D relationships between bones and it overall rather uncrushed. This is a rarity to say the least and really helps show just how, well, big these things were. As you can see from the images, the animal is really barrel-chested and chunky. Obviously restoring muscles and fat layers etc. is another issue entirely, but I think it’s fair to say that this animal should really not be slim.

Obviously there’s a ton of just beautiful detail here and some lovely nuances (like the interlocking gastralia, the massively retracted left leg, the ilia tight to the neural spines of the sacrum, and the rugosities on the snout). It may not have quite the visual impact of the last one, but there’s really a lot to be gained from this and palaeoartists out there should be (t0 quote a friend of mine) onto this like a starving chihuahua on a pork chop.

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4 Responses to “Another incredible Gorgosaurus”


  1. 1 JayNair 09/07/2013 at 2:32 am

    Hi Dave, any chance you know the institutional, specimen number?

    cheers, J

  2. 2 Bruce Woollatt 09/07/2013 at 6:14 am

    I believe this specimen does actually have much of its tail preserved, it just wasn’t included in the display.

  3. 3 Bruce Woollatt 09/07/2013 at 7:28 pm

    Here’s a link to more information on this specimen (TMP 1999.033.0001) including a low res shot of caudal verts:

    https://hermis.alberta.ca/rtmp/Details.aspx?ObjectID=TMP1999.033.0001&dv=True


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