Sebastian and I had a busy day today, finishing up the giraffe front limb. It went smoothly, much better than the forelimb, and thus we had to bother John of the Freezers much less than I had feared.
In sum, the dissection of the giraffe limbs was an utterly awesome experience! My heartfelt thanks to John for making this possible and guiding us through it! Additionally, Penny Hudson and a book by Eliot Goldfinger, Animal Anatomy for the Artist: the Element of Form, a most helpful book, because it illustrates all the muscles in the horse’s limbs individually, and has cross sections of the limb at several levels. And it has descriptions of them, so if the figures don’t help, there’s always the text to turn to.
For now, here’s a handful of pictures from the NHM that won’t fit into any of the articles I still plan to write.
A cast of a RBINS Iguanodon.
Ammonites from the Jurassic of Dorset. I’m too lazy to think back to Invert Palaeo 101 to determine the genus.
Plateocarpus sp., bought from Sternberg.
Smilodon fatalis (I was wrong after all, thanks Dave!).
As you can see, a very varied exhibition of fossils, which is absolutely great 🙂