Berlin ornithischians


Keeping on track with clearing out the Berlin backlog, here’s a couple more beasties from the main gallery (though obviously rather smaller than the sauropods!). Above is the lovely stegosaur Kentrosaurus which is remarkably complete and with a lovely long tail (for those keeping track). The stegosaurus don’t seem to get too much love, but they’re fascinating animals and despite their obvious affinities to the other thyrephoreans, have a unique bauplan with those stumpy little forelimbs, humped backs, and all those plates and spikes.

Below is the the little ornithopod Dysolotosaurus. Again, something that’s rather underappreciated (how many drawings of tyrannosaurs online are there vs the small ornithopods?) and yet this is one of the species of dinosaur for which we have the most fossil material. Thousands of elements were collected in Tendaguru and shipped back to Berlin and from there, many were set out to other collections in Germany given the profusion of material. Sadly as with many other collections, a fair amount of material was lost to second World War bombings, but even so, a very large amount of material remains so it’s something that deserves more research attention that the relatively little it’s had to date.


7 Responses to “Berlin ornithischians”

  1. 1 Heinrich Mallison 06/03/2013 at 9:52 am

    In fact, Kentrosaurus has gotten a LOT of lave over the last few years:

    Barden, H.E. & Maidments, S.C.R. (2011). Evidence for sexual dimorphosim in the stegosaurian dinosaur Kentrosaurus aethiopicus from the Upper Jurassic of Tanzania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3):641-651

    Mallison, H. (2010). CAD assessment of the posture and range of motion of Kentrosaurus aethiopicus HENNIG 1915. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 103:211-233; doi:10.1007/s00015-010-0024-2

    Mallison, H. (2011). The real lectotype of Kentrosaurus aethiopicus HENNIG 1915. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 259(2): 197-206; doi: 10.1127/0077-7749/2011/0114

    Mallison, H. (2011). Defense capabilities of Kentrosaurus aethiopicus HENNIG, 1915. Palaeontologia Electronica 14.2.10A


    • 2 David Hone 06/03/2013 at 10:58 am

      Well I was thinking in the wider world rather than the academic one. I know there’s lots of research, but reading most blogs (including mine) and looking on deviant art etc. you’d think Stegosaurus was the only stegosaur and that’s only interesting because of the plates. I don’t think they get the ‘credit’ they should.

      • 3 Heinrich Mallison 06/03/2013 at 11:00 am

        True enough – although my papers did trigger a few artworks. I was just using the opportunity to push my own research 😉

      • 4 David Hone 06/03/2013 at 11:26 am

        No problem with that. 🙂 But it is something that does seem to happen – Mirigia was briefly cool, then dropped off the face of the earth in terms of ‘net popularity.

  2. 5 Tim Donovan 07/03/2013 at 11:30 am

    Mirigaia might be the same as Dacentrurus. Btw while Kentrosaurus is interesting, can’t wait to get to Ostafrikasaurus. One thing that strikes me as strange about the Tendaguru is the lack of a well preserved “normal” theropod like Allosaurus or Sinraptor.

  3. 6 Vahe 07/03/2013 at 4:25 pm

    What’s the probability that the Tendaguru quarries will be reopened in the future? Any idea as to how much money the Germans spent on excavations in Tendaguru hill? Would the Tanzanian gov’t be able to handle the reopening of the Tandaguru quarries with its own money? One glaring aspect of the Tendaguru Formation is that no camptosaurids have been found in the formation, even though the Morrison and Lourinha Formations boast camptosaurids, and so does the Kimmeridge Clay.

    • 7 David Hone 07/03/2013 at 4:36 pm

      I have no idea what it would cost, but the short version is “a lot”. I know a couple of teams have been out to look around, but no one has seriously excavated there since the British team in the 1920s. I doubt the Tanzanian’s have much money for this kind of thing though.

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