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RE: Looking for help from someone stemming from Spinosaurus
Here are a couple of papers that may be of interest to you if you haven't
come across them yet:
Dal Sasso, C.; Maganuco, S.; Buffetaut, E. & Mendez, M. A. 2005. New
information on the skull of the enigmatic theropod Spinosaurus, with
remarks on its size and affinities Journal Of Vertebrate Paleontology. 25:
- There is a recent skull reconstruction of _S. aegyptiacus_ based largely
on a then new specimen.
Rauhut, O. W. M. 2003. The interrelationships and evolution of basal
theropod dinosaurs Interrelationships and Evolution of Basal Theropod
Dinosaurs. Special Papers in Palaeontology. 69: 3-213.
- There is a composite skull reconstruction of a "generalised
baryonychid", basing much of the postorbital elements on _Irritator_.
Rayfield, E. J.; Milner, A. C.; Xuan, V. B. & Young, P. G. 2007. Functional
morphology of spinosaur 'crocodile-mimic' dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate
Paleontology. 27: 892-901
- This one looks at structural strengths using finite element analyses on
a Baryonyx snout. The authors Emily Rayfield and Angela Milner have, I
think, worked on a spinosaur snout as well, so you may want to get in touch
I'm once again asking for assistance. I'm looking for any information I
can about the reconstructions(modern) of S. aegypticus, the skull,
proposed strength of the skull(in regards to prey), size, as well as any
other information someone might have. I'm really looking to bounce some
of these questions off of someone who has worked fairly extensively with
either Spino, or other Spinosaurids(Baryonyx, Irritator, Suchomimus).
This is a little more off the wall than a normal paper request, but I
figured I'd give it a try.
M. Sakamoto, PhD
Department of Earth Sciences,
University of Bristol,
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road,
Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK