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.
I like the old-school Apatosaurus silhouette on the back wall, with the Marsh-compliant camarasaur-style skull.
Oh my, I hadn’t even noticed! Great catch 🙂
They’re beautiful! I assume that’s the position they were found in? (complete with frame)
They would seem to be missing the zimmer here. Maybe it fragmented during excavation.
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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*
I hope the people responsible received the appropriate punishment? Getting stomped by large flightless birds comes to mind……