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Quest for the missing vert
After thoroughly searching the collections of the AMNH (with the
exception of a quasi-mythical "deep storage" area which I hope to access
during Thanksgiving) I am 90% convinced the
holotype dorsal vertebra of _Amphicoelias fragillimus_ is not in the
hallowed halls of the AMNH (sigh). Assuming (actually hoping) that it
still exists, I now must seek help from folks in the Philadelphia
area, where Cope's collection was stored. Some years ago (the date
escapes me) a couple of crates of Cope material were discovered at the
Wagner(?) Institute in Philadelphia. If the holotype specimen of
_Amphicoelias fragillimus_ was not destroyed (by, say, being dropped
between 1877 and the early 1900s) then maybe it was
misplaced in a "deep storage" area in an institution in Philadelphia.
Scrutiny of Osborn and Mook (1921) shows the specimen was given a number,
but it is not clear to me if they actually saw the specimen (though Jack
McIntosh assures me the specimen did not arrive to NY). I understand
the long shot odds of finding the thing, but I really would like a sense
of closure, I would even settle for a "death certificate" if the
specimen had been destroyed! So if anyone sees a rather large,
apparently fragile, 5'+ neural arch/spine (or has read some
interesting curatorial notes in obscure collection catalogues) please
report its whereabouts to this list for a reward...
"If it doesn't have air sacs its not worth collecting..."