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Re: New ankylosaurid: Minotaurasaurus ramachandrani

The text for the Minotaurasaurus paper reads as follows:

"The skull was originally purchased by V. S. Ramachandran and displayed at the Victor Valley Museum, California, USA."

This is written in the past tense. Is the specimen no longer at the Victor Valley Museum? The complete institutional name is Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery. I checked the website and there is no mention of the Minotaurasaurus skull or dinosaurs for that matter.

The specimen number for the type is INBR21004. There is no list of acronyms given in the paper. Does anyone have an idea what institution this refers to?



Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of Brad McFeeters


Miles, C.A. & C.J. Miles, 2009. Skull of Minotaurasaurus ramachandrani, a new Cretaceous ankylosaur from the Gobi Desert. Current Science 96 (1): 65-70.

Abstract: A new genus and species of ankylosaurid, a dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of the Gobi Desert has been described. It shows characters typical of many Late Cretaceous ankylosaurs. The new specimen is a virtually complete skull with both hemimandibles preserved intact with the predentary. This skull has been subjected to almost no crushing or shearing. It has an equilateral, triangular-shaped skull when viewed dorsally and large, highly ornamented narial osteoderms, which give the skull a bull-like appearance with flaring nostrils. Braincase features are more primitive than those of the other Gobi Desert ankylosaurs.

Actual article at: http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jan102009/65.pdf

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