Today, some appeasement for the theropod lovers I shafted in the last post by showing only a duck’s butt.
The Sauriermusem Aathal has a bunch of great dinosaur skeletons, some of which I mentioned previously. Among them is one of the coolest large theropod finds, the most complete Allosaurus fragilis ever found. It is “Big Al 2″, found in 1996 in the Howe-Stephens Quarry on the famous Howe Ranch near Shell, Wyoming.
The beast is really amazing: roughly 90% complete, with on a few small pieces of the skull, a few small bones of the hands and feet, and the tip of the tail missing. There are also a bunch of pathologies, including a series of broken ribs.
Here’s a closer view of the skull:
brain endocast in front. Ain’t it beautiful?