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Re: Albertan Styracosaur

On 11/9/06, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:


Spectacular Dinosaur Skull Comes Back To Alberta

"This is a very dramatic beast," said Dr. Michael Caldwell, a
palaeontolgist who was instrumental in getting the skull to the U of A.
"What we will have is a cast, but the specimen is one of a kind in the
world. This is the last cast from the original mould and when you have a
research quality cast where it is duplicated right down to a freckle, it
doesn't get any better than that."

Except the real specimen -- the type skull -- is largely plaster, which you can't tell from the cast. The frill and nasal horn are especially goofed up. Look for a redescription/restoration of the skull from Holmes et al. soon.

Jordan Mallon

M.Sc. student, University of Calgary