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GIANT PLIOSAUR PICS etc
Beri Krzcic wrote...
> I really, really look forward to seeing the newly prepped skull. I was
> reluctant submitting my Irritator/Angaturama for the article (based on
> the suggestion it was one and the same animal). When will we be able
> seeing the prepared specimen?
I am informed that the full osteology of the _Irritator_ skull has been
submitted to JVP so should (in theory) appear in a few issues time.
Hans-Dieter Sues is first author. Judging from the slides that Hans and
Dave Martill have shown in their talks on the specimen, the paper
should include some pretty awesome photos. I examined the specimen
while it was being prepped in Germany: very neat, and much bigger
than I was expecting.
WRT giant pliosaur article in DinoPress 4, Beri wrote...
> Nice article on giant pliosaurs. I've been waiting for such an updated
> information in one place for quite some time. I liked the drawing of
> Liopleurodon in a dynamic swimming pose. I understand the drawing is
> rather schematic, but the snout was a bit different in shape.
Thanks for your kind words Beri.
The drawing is horribly innaccurate: the lower jaw is completely the
wrong shape with the wrong number of symphyseal teeth, and where
are the post-symphyseal teeth??? As is usually the case, we were
rushed and needed a drawing of a big pliosaur ASAP. The picture I
provided is actually an old T-shirt design. Funnily enough I was
looking at real _Liopleurodon_ fossils last week so I wouldn't have the
same excuse nowadays. And let me say: you have to see the type
_Simolestes_ skull for real to appreciate what an awesome beast this
was. Has to be my favourite marine reptile.
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