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Re: Stego Q's


    Last October's (1998) "Natural History" magazine had an article entitled
"A Dinosaur for the Mantle?", and one of the featured fossils was a
beautiful _Stegosaurus_  -

    I am quoting Jaime A. Headden here: - "and a small, about 15 foot or so,
full skeleton with plates (I suspect it was prepared) of a *Stegosaurus*.
What's incredible is that there is a whole swath of the ossicles found on
the throat, running from the jowls to the chest, thicker and more
concentrated up north, that suggests that the entire throat was armored,
which certainly makes more sense to me than just an armored gular pouch.
.... ... Apparently, it had fossilized skin. ... "

        Allan Edels

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From: thescelosaurus@juno.com <thescelosaurus@juno.com>
To: gobi2010@hotmail.com <gobi2010@hotmail.com>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Friday, April 09, 1999 4:34 PM
Subject: Re: Stego Q's

>On Fri, 09 Apr 1999 07:20:07 PDT "GOBI 2010" <gobi2010@hotmail.com>
>>I think I heard someplace that Stegosaurus had some neck armor(sp)...
>>Well...WHAT on EARTH did it look like? I haven't seen any neck armor
>>that I've noticed in stegosaur drawings....
>   Yes, it did: lots and lots of little ossicles, concentrated under the
>neck (these things obviously would have been vulnerable to shifting
>position after death because they were small and not attached to the
>bones, so exact positions can't be deduced [and probably varied some from
>individual to individual]) but also spread in lesser concentrations
>across the whole body.  They probably protected the throat region of the
>living animal.  The "roadkill" specimen of *S. stenops* (USNM 4934) shows
>them well.  In photographs of this specimen they're concentrated beside
>the skull, neck, and shoulder girdle.
>>Jessica Wagar
>>Amateur Paleontologist/Paleoartist
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>>There's duck-bills, croc-jaws, and other fearsome freaks,
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>>My room is full of dinosaurs, just as stuffed as can be--
>>there's only one problem...there's no room left for me!"
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