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_Stego_ plates, _Edmontosaurus_ & _T.rex_, etc.



The book, _Prehistoric Journey: A History of Life On Earth_, by Kirk R.
Johnson and Richard K. Stucky, (ISBN 1-57098-145-4, copyright 1995 by
Denver Museum of Natural History, published by Roberts Rinehart Publishers,
144 pp., $19.95), is chock full of fossil photos, and features photographs
of DMNH dioramas and illustrations depicting various eras in the history of
earth.  I will point out a few notable tidbits on display within its covers
which pertain to topics recently discussed on this list. 

The DMNH _Stegosaurus stenops_ mount is prominently featured on pp. 74-75
and appears to be up-to-date, replete with neck ossicles, two rows of
alternating plates, and the currently accepted tail spike configuration
(not to mention photos of the head and tail pieces from the 1992 DMNH
specimen which led to the current interpretations).  This animal  is also
illustrated in conflict with _Allosaurus fragilis_ on the cover painting by
John Gurche.  For those of you who've not already seen them, I also
recommend Gregory S. Paul's _Stegosaurus stenops_ multiple view
illustrations in the (Japanese release) book, _The Complete Illustrated
Guide To Dinosaur Skeletons_, ISBN4-05-400656-6.  (Search the archives for
overseas ordering information).

Pages 88-91 show the skeletal mount and painted reconstruction of the DMNH
_Edmontosaurus annectens_ which shows healed dorsal chevrons along its
caudal vertebrae.  I believe that this is the specimen of _Edmontosaurus_
that has been cited as showing evidence of having survived a _T.rex_
attack.  The healed wound is most striking in the painting, yet it receives
no mention in the captions.  But then, this book is weighted much more
heavily toward graphics than text, so perhaps this should come as no great
surprise.

The book also makes mention of the "plant Pompeii" which exquisitely
preserved ferns, wildflowers, cycads, and complete palm plants of the late
Cretaceous landscape in what is now central Wyoming.  This is briefly
described on page 100.

Just thought some of you might be interested.

Ralph Miller III <gbabcock@best.com>