The museum is filled with tons (literally) of Lufengosaurus specimens. Labelled varyingly as L. huenei, L. magnus, and L sp. These all probably represent different onotgenetic stages of L. huenei.
A semi-exploded Lufengosaurus skull.
Smallish specimen of Lufengosaurus huenei
A mid-size Lufengosaurus displayed next to a curiously posed Sinosaurus triassicus
As awesome as this huge mount looks, I noticed that the hips had to be seriously dislocated to get it into this position.
As a result of my trip to this museum my mental image of Lufengosaurus has been emended from “smallish” to “huge-ish.” Some of these things were massive
This sacrum from the Lower Jurassic of Lufeng may well represent the oldest stegosauria remains on display anywhere. If anyone reading this knows otherwise, I ‘d appreciate being told about it.
ZLJ0144 Stegosaurian sacrum from the lower Jurassic of Lufeng, Yunnan
Here’s an awesome allosauroid skull from the Middle Jurassic of Yuanmou, Yunnan. The English portion of the display tag refers to this specimen, ZLJ0115, as “Yuanmouraptor.” However, if I understand the Chinese portion correctly, this critter is still undescribed.
ZLJ0115 “Yuanmouraptor” ZLJ0115 ZLJ0115
The World Dinosaur Valley Museum had several mounted skeletons of the interesting theropod,
Sinosaurus triassicus. Up until a few days ago, this critter was stuck with the erroneous moniker, Dilophosaurus sinensis.
Sinosaurus triassicus cranium
A nice view of the occipital region of S. triassicus
Mandibles of S. triassicus
Mounted Sinosaurus triassicus with a very small portion of the museum’s Lufengosaurus specimens in the background (more on those later).
This specimen with seemingly reduced crests caught my attention. Not sure if this was the result of sexual dimorphism, ontogenetic variation or an artifact of preservation. As this critter was about the same size as the other specimens, I don’t this variation was due to ontogeny. The specimen was mounted more than a couple of meters overhead, so it was impossible to get a better look at it. I’d greatly appreciate it if anyone familiar with the specimen could tell me more about it.