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Hadrosaur Skin in Latest Issue of Palarch's JVP


I am pleased to announce the publication of the latest paper from the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, describing a hadrosaur dinosaur skin site from the Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah. The senior author on this paper, Lucy Herrero, just graduated from The Webb Schools (the high school partnered with my museum), and really did a bang-up job of taking the lead on this project. See the link below to access a free PDF of the paper.


Herrero, L., and A. A. Farke. 2010. Hadrosaurid dinosaur skin impressions from the Upper Cretaceous Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah, USA. Palarch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 7(2) (2010): 1-7.

ABSTRACT: Skin impressions from hadrosaurid dinosaurs are relatively common finds throughout the Cretaceous Western Interior of North America. A recently discovered specimen from the late Campanian-aged Kaiparowits Formation of southern Utah is typical for hadrosaurs, with randomly arranged polygonal tubercles averaging around 4 mm in length and 3 mm in width. Based on the associated bones, these impressions likely originated on the thorax of the animal. In contrast with most previously published finds, the skin is not preserved in perfect articulation with the skeleton. This suggests a taphonomic mode in which the skeleton and soft tissues were partially disarticulated prior to burial.

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