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Re: Carnegie Diplodocus
> When are those European museums ever going to remount their
> Iguanodons so their tails aren't being snapped in half [...]
Don't you think that the old mounts are works of art in their own
right, and shouldn't be changed? The public gallery at the NHM in
London has a nice arrangement, with a big traditional
_I. benissartensis_ on one side of the gangway and a small modern
mount of IIRC _I. atherfieldensis_ on the other side. It's quite
startling to see such different mounts so close together. I was going
to say "... and realise they're both the same genus" but of course
_I. atherfieldensis_ is now Mantellisaurus. That's going to take some
getting used to :-)
> [...] and why do all Mamenchisaurus mounts still have a Diplodocus
> head rather than the one preserved with M. youngi?
The _M. hochuanensis_ mount that they had at the Field Musuem in 2005
(and may well still have there) had a prosauropod head! Most
disconcerting. There's a photo at:
(That's me up in the crane thing, pointing out an interesting lamina
to the driver and trying hard not to think about how very high up I
am and how very small the base of the crane is and how very unstable
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
)_v__/\ "There's no justice, but there's sometimes there's consistency"
-- Mike Selway.