Once a nerd always a nerd

I was searching for a certain comic book panel of the Marvel super-villain, Sauron to use in a later blog post when I came across the gold nugget seen below. I’d always assumed the character was called “Sauron” in reference to being a reptile, but what this tells us is actually way more awesome; I abosutely love how this illustrates he was a nerd before being turned into a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, and as a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, he’s still a nerd.

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World Dinosaur Valley Quarry pt. 5: Lots of Lufengosaurus

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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.

 

 

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A semi-exploded Lufengosaurus skull.

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Smallish specimen of Lufengosaurus huenei

 

 

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A mid-size Lufengosaurus displayed next to a curiously posed Sinosaurus triassicus

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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

A Visit to the World Dinosaur Valley Quarry pt. 2 Sinosaurus triassicus

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.

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Sinosaurus triassicus
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Sinosaurus triassicus cranium

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A nice view of the occipital region of S. triassicus
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Mandibles of S. triassicus
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Mounted Sinosaurus triassicus with a very small portion of the museum’s Lufengosaurus specimens in the background (more on those later).

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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.

Suppon: my first up-close enounter

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Pelodiscus sinensis submerged.

While doing some night herping near Fukuoka, Japan last year, I found this young Pelodiscus sinensis, Chinese Softshell or スッポン (Suppon), submerged near the shore of a large pond/small lake.  I’ve encountered these a few times before in the wild; however, this is the first time one permitted me to get within a few meters without bolting.  Actually, this one allowed me to get so close with the camera, I wondered if I was being set-up for a finger-nipping.