Blissfully Unaware


This ukiyo-e captures a moment from the Edo period when a suspended Mauremys japonica stared at a branch in view of Mt. Fuji totally oblivious to just how screwed it was.


The Doom Chicken and a World Record

I’ve been to Dallas Fort Worth International airport often, and frequently passed in front of the giant furcula statue installed in terminal D. Today, while dropping someone off, I looked at it and began to daydream about if that were to belong to monster-sized chicken off a belligerent nature, exactly what size would the whole animal be and what kind of carnage it could inflict on a major city before being brought down by the military (and subsequently being used to serve up the most epic chicken nugget feast in the history of the universe). Then it suddenly occurred to me that this giant furcula statue may well be the world’s largest sculpture of a single osteological element of a dinosaur.  I wonder if this has occurred to anyone else or if anyone out there know of any larger sculptures representing a singular dinosaur bone?


World Dinosaur Valley Quarry pt. 5: Lots of Lufengosaurus

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 cranium

A nice view of the occipital region 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).

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.