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Re: Montana's T. rex goes on display + more news

Ben Creisler

I don't vouch for the accuracy of every news item posted, of course...

Maybe the real difference is here that the gastralia are actually
mounted on the MOR specimen. Were these found in place?  Sue's
gastralia are not mounted with the rest of skeleton, apparently
because of doubts about their placement.


 "See Sue’s gastralia, a group fossil bones so rare and unusual that
scientists aren’t sure how they fit onto Sue’s skeleton. Among the
most fragile of T. rex bones, they are most often incomplete, badly
damaged, or missing altogether from fossil finds."

On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 9:24 AM, tholtz <tholtz@geology.umd.edu> wrote:
> On 2015-04-12 11:15, Ben Creisler wrote:
>> A number of recent news items:
>> "Peck's rex" goes on display at Museum of the Rockies in Montana as
>> "Montana's T. rex"
>> https://www.dvidshub.net/news/159754/whats-army-doing-with-dinosaurs-redux#.VSqA9vnF_To
>> "It is the only T. rex specimen found with floating belly ribs, also
>> known as gastralia. It is also the first specimen of its species to
>> have the metacarpal III, on the left forelimb preserved – that’s the
>> third finger. This discovery proved the existence of a third finger on
>> the T. rex. "
> The statement about gastralia is grossly incorrect. There is an obscure
> specimen called "Sue" (:-) ) in which most of the gastralia were recovered,
> photographed, and described.
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