Yes, it’s another Megalosaurus post

So in addition to the run of Megalosaurus posts that came up recently (here, here and here for those who missed them) I’ve now come across a rather nice mounted sculpture of a complete skeleton (not that anything such exists in the fossil record) hidden in the back rooms in the collections of the Dublin museum. The whole things has obviously be sculpted rather than based on casts, but it is quite detailed and better than a great many I have seen over the years. Despite the fame of Megalosaurus and its historical importance, the material is fragmentary and it’s hardly as charismatic as many of the other bigger (or smaller) theropods and coupled with its incompleteness its perhaps no surprise that it’s rarely featured in the way that it is here. So I did think it worth hauling out this taxon for one last hurrah with a few more photos.

My thanks to Nigel Monaghan and MattheParkes for letting me show these off here.

5 Responses to “Yes, it’s another Megalosaurus post”

  1. 1 Tom 03/12/2010 at 9:59 pm

    What a beautiful sculpture.

  2. 2 Marc Vincent 03/12/2010 at 10:55 pm

    Are you familiar with the mounted skeleton in the Dinosaur Isle museum (Isle of Wight)? Looks rather similar to this one.

    • 3 David Hone 04/12/2010 at 9:10 am

      I probably saw it years ago, but I wouldn’t say I’m familiar with it. They are simialr, but then you’d hope so if they are both supposed to be the same genus!

  3. 4 Ruadhri Brennan 04/01/2013 at 7:31 pm

    Cool, I remember doing some work experience for Nigel years ago when the geological section had its own little museum on merrion row. I miss this mount and have often wondered where it went to.

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