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Ankylosaurus - why the delay?
Several people in asking for a copy of the Ankylosaurus paper wanted to know
why it was neglected for so long.
Actually it was just one of those unfortunate things. Walter Coombs was
planning a detailed description (basically what I just did) during the early
and mid 1990s. For that reason, I left Ankylosaurus alone. In the late 1990s
Walter threw in the towel because he felt that he could no longer put the
personal time it was taking to work on dinosaurs (he could not do research at
the college he was teaching - it was considered a waste of faculty time). He
managed to wrap up a few smaller projects nearing completion, then quit paleo.
I tried several times to encourage his return, even offering to work with him
on the Ankylosaurus project. He encouraged my doing Ankylosaurus (and
apparently told Paul Penkalski to do Ankylosaurus as well, so Paul tells me).
With several major projects going at the time (Armored Dinos, Mesozoic
Vertebrate Life, editor of J. Vert Paleo., blah, blah), I was not able to work
on Ankylosaurus until October 2001. Writing, peer review and rewriting has
time since for the paper to finally appear.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
For fun: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=Kcarpenter