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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
Actual article at: http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jan102009/65.pdf
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA
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