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Re: Majungasaurus Questions
At 10:31 AM 11/5/97 -0800, david krentz wrote:
> Subject: Time: 11:20 AM
> OFFICE MEMO Majungasaurus Questions Date: 11/5/97
As Scott Sampson pointed out at SVP, the proper name for this animal is
probably Majungatholus atopus.
> Daniel Lipkowitz upon my request, sent me some photos of the Majungasaurus
>skull that was on display at SVP this year. The artist's restoration of the
>head did not match that of the skull. Was the rendering done before the
>skull was reconstructed?
If the illustration didn't match the skull, the illustration was wrong (and
presumabely done before the skull was known).
>Also, the description of the animal says it was 35
>feet long, is that based on the proportions of the drawing or is it based on
>a Carnotaurus type proportion. From what I understand there isn't a lot of
>post-cranial material, but if there is a caudal vertebrae, would that be
>enough to make a judgement call as to it's body type? If it is
>Carnotaurus-like, than it would be larger than 35 feet( I'm basing this
>assumption on the fact that the head on the drawing is slightly to large IF
>it had the flesh eating bull's proportions.)
The postcranial material was only recently discovered amd has not yet been
described. Unless the size estimate comes from the folks at SUNY-Stony
Brook (esp. Scott Sampson), the estimate is not based on primary observations.
> Is the single horn on the frontal really a horn, or was the skull touched
>by the same folks who delivered Irritator? No accusations, just curious.
The skull is one of the least distorted, best preserved large theropod
skulls known. The bulge is indeed real.
> I have many questions about this fascinating Abelisaur, is there a formal
It is being worked on, but not out.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
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