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RE: Phylogeny vs. taxonomy, and the Fightin' Dinos exhibit at AMNH (was RE: Rock'n'roll !)
>>By the way, a chance to remark on the Fighting Dinosaurs exhibit at the
Got to see the display yesterday (along with Greg Paul, Matt Lamanna, Josh
Smith, Bob Walters, Tess Kissinger & Bruce Mohn).
Excellent, excellent fossils. Okay, ornithischian fans will find it wanting
(a nice growth series of _Protoceratops_ and a _Pinacosaurus_ skull), but
very good lizards, mammals, and coelurosaurs. The latter include:
Two large nesting oviraptorids: Big Mama and an undescribed one.
clear ossified uncinate processes on the undescribed one.
The "love bird" oviraptorids.
The skull of a tall crested oviraptorid.
The type skull of _Velociraptor mongoliensis_ and a new
A new robust-skulled dromaeosaur (only the skull on display).
A troodontid nest with hatchling bones.
The type _Byronosaurus_ snout.
The type of _Shuvuuia_, including postcranial material.
and, one that was new to me:
A new taxon of small coelurosaur (not much bigger than _Rahonavis_
_Archaeopteryx_) with a troodontid-like postcranium and teeth, but
(apparently) without a postorbital (a la the condition in birds). In fact,
the skull of this creature is very similar to Chatterjee's reconstruction of
Of course, the fighting dinosaur pair themselves.
Also, so feathery reconstructions of the coelurosaurs (I like the _Shuvuuia_
color patterns), a CG reconstruction of the Fight.
Two major drawbacks with the exhibit: it is expensive to get into ($15 for
the museum + this exhibit), and the lighting is horrible (so much so that
some of the signage is unreadable).
Still, definitely worth it.<<
I'm planning on visiting the exhibit late October. (Hopefully there won't be
a large crowd then). But I don't know where to stay yet. In Manhatten or
near by and take the train or subway.
Any suggestions, please contact me off list.