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Mongolian dinosaur exhibit

The Fernbank museum in Atlanta has a temporary exhibition of
fossils from China, including some very impressive dinosaur skeletons,
skulls, tracks, etc., from Inner Mongolia, and some extinct mammals.
The exhibition will be there until the end of the year; I was unable
to find out where it goes next.  The signs accompanying the various
specimens left a lot to be desired, and it wasn't always apparent
what was genuine and what was plaster, but most of the bones were real.
The dinos on display included:

Nuerosaurus chaganensis (rendered "Qagan Nur Lizard" and described
as the largest known Cretaceous dinosaur).  Immense and nearly
complete.  Elsewhere in the exhibition there were two isolated leg
bones (excuse the technical terminology) of N. chaganensis, each
5 or 6 ft.  There were a couple of maps of China on display but they
hadn't marked the find-spots; Qagan Nur is between 43 and 44 degrees
north and between 114 and 115 degrees east.

Bactrosaurus, from Eren Salt Lake, China -- 2 skeletons

Probactrosaurus--lower jaw

Protoceratops--2 full skeletons, and 5 separate skulls of very
different sizes




There was a large trackway mounted on a wall that was obviously
a replica, but some smaller footprints that appeared to be real.

The mammals included a Mammuthus, Coelodonta, Platybelondon
danovi, Spirocerus kiakhtesis (antelope), all apparently from
the same location and 34,000 years old.  The signs usually did not
give age or place found.

The permanent exhibition at the Fernbank includes models of
Erythrosuchus, Albertosaurus, Talasaurus, a hadrosaur, and a
Pteranodon, and a replica of an Allosaurus footprint.

        George Pesely             peselyg@lynx.apsu.edu
        Austin Peay State Univ.
        Clarksville, Tennessee