A super Saurolophus

This specimen may not be immediately familiar, but those who know my work well will certainly know the humerus. This is the specimen that was chomped on and led to my paper on tyrannosaur scavenging. As noted there, one major aspect of the paper was that the rest of the material was in otherwise excellent condition, implying that that the carcass was unavailable for consumption – this was scavenging of a dead animal and not simply late-stage carcass consumption.

So here is the rest of that specimen (well most of it) and as you can see it’s both a large individual and in wonderful condition. The bone surfaces are superb, the vast majority of it is preserved, and there are even small elements like gastralia and some skin in there too (and some 62 consecutive caudals!). The size meant that I took a number of photos for this post simply because to try and fit it all in otherwise (as with the top image) leads to all manner of parallax and that hardly serves the best well.

4 Responses to “A super Saurolophus”

  1. 1 Mark Robinson 20/07/2011 at 8:15 am

    That *is* very well preserved. I hadn’t realised that there were so may verts in the tail.

    Obviously, the bright white parts of the cervicals have been made to complete what would otherwise be missing. I presume that the duller off-white dorsals are also synthetic but were perhaps made separately. The cervical additions also appear unnaturally smooth. Would it be true to say that the cervicals were sculpted but that the dorsals have been cast from another specimen(s)?

    • 2 David Hone 20/07/2011 at 8:56 am

      Sorry, I’ve got no idea about the history of the reconstructed bits and didn’t actually look that closely, so I can’t really comment.

  2. 3 Zhen 20/07/2011 at 9:24 pm

    Forgive me for being slightly off topic, but since you’re back in Japan, did you hear about the recent study from Denver Fowler and Peter Larson about Raptorex being a young Tarbosaurus. Any thoughts on this, Dave?

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