Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.8: a whopper of a fossil

Welcome to 2013 on dinosaurpalaeo! I’ll start the year with one whopper of a fossil from the Urweltmuseum Hauff. A Seirocrinus subangularis colony (great NHM page on the genus here), just your old sessile, filter-feeding crinoids, a long-stemmed variant that loved to grow on floating tree trunks. Nothing spectacular, right?

Well, the one I have below the fold is a 18 by 6 meter colony. Yep, meter! And it has over 100 individuals. Click “read more” to see a tiny version of the panorama photo I made using hugin – but beware, the tiny version is 4.67 MB!


click through for full size of the tiny version; full sized JPG (32.2 MB) available on request from the Urweltmuseum Hauff.

here’s a detail shot of two crowns.


and an attempt to get the entire thing into one photo:hauff_32

As you can see here, the Urweltmuseum Hauff mostly presents fossils simply as fossils, with little text and practically no interpretation. An austere museum design similar to the MfN Berlin. However, as in Berlin, there are exceptions to that object-centered approach, but by not intermingling them it is easily clear what is fact and what is scientific interpretation – or artistic interpretation.


About Heinrich Mallison

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10 Responses to Palaeontology of SW Germany 3.1.8: a whopper of a fossil

  1. steve cohen says:

    Did you shoot the panorama by moving down the length of the display?; I was impressed with the sharpness of the two ends and the lack of parallax problems.

    Did you use a tripod or were you able to hold the camera steady enough to maintain the plane of the sensor equidistant from the display?

    What lens, speed and f-stop were you shooting at?


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