Dinopic of the day 17: for old times sake

It’s been quite a while since I showed a non-theropod besides Plateosaurus here. So I now dug through my folders and found a few pictures I took at the Utah Museum of Natural History. I have previously written about the museum, but did not mention their old-fashioned  dinosaur mounts. Here are a few shots

Allosaurus, mounted the old-fashioned way with the tail on the ground and a very wide wheel-base, threatening a Stegosaurus and (off-screen) a Camptosaurus.

This Allosaurus does a bit better.

This must have been an unusually lively display back when it was mounted. Several taxa interacting? Bent tails? Wow!

In other news, Dave Hone has scooped me again: over at Archosaur Musings he ha a very nice and helpful post up on Taking photos of fossils in museums. I have some things to add, which I hope to do soon.

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I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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9 Responses to Dinopic of the day 17: for old times sake

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    I like the old-school Apatosaurus silhouette on the back wall, with the Marsh-compliant camarasaur-style skull.

  2. They’re beautiful! I assume that’s the position they were found in? (complete with frame)

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  4. Brian Switek says:

    You should see some of the Cleveland-Lloyd bones that were used to create the Allosaurus mounts. I ran into some while volunteering with the collections. Huge f*cking holes drilled right through the centra of vertebrae. Makes me want to cry.

    • OUCH! They used to do this a lot, so that the armature for mounting would be less visible – and tbh, a sauropod tail can live with that. But a tiny theropod?

      OK, no that tiny ;)

    • You think that’s bad – a Tenontosaurus specimen I was looking at a couple of years ago had all the caudal neural spines angle-ground off, then sanded down until the vertebrae were pretty much perfect cylinders :/ (it was a display specimen). Then, as soon as the mount came down (replaced by a T. rex), the archaeologist in charge ripped all the mounting and restored bits off, leaving a pretty sorry muddle of disarticulated bones. Oh, and there was a piece of coat-hanger as plaster support in the premaxilla. *sob*

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