20.11.09

fossil of the weekend! #50... a centrosaur whammy!

in celebration of my meeting up with my old childhood friend norman a. centrosaur, i'm hitting you with a centrosaurtastic fossil of the weekend.

this also times rather well with my 50th installment of this feature on the blog (though i know i should really be making a bigger deal out of the 52nd, and it represents the one year mark...), but it also because i have used some of the pics before elsewhere on the blog. so it feels like cheating to claim they are the fossil of the weekend...

of course the real joke about centrosaur fossils in alberta, is that despite their insane abundance in dinosaur provincial park, they are very hard to find on display!

the tyrrell has this one and...

this one here. of course both are representing dead animals in this display. not exactly lending to the festive feeling i'm aiming for... especially since i really like norman!

sadly due to the renovations, the tyrrell removed a couple free standing centrosaur skulls they had on display. though i know of another spot in alberta you can see them...

as for this particular i state for the record i think it is a cast of the last centrosaur in this post, but i haven't been able to confirm it. take a close look and let me know what you think...

there are (or at least were... come to think of it) a couple free standing centrosaur skulls at the university of alberta in edmonton when i was younger (and of course didn't own a camera). however i suspect the skull of a centrosaur on display at the melbourne museum in australia is a cast of one of these skulls.

the only photo of a complete (undead, uh no wait, undead undead centrosaur) centrosaur i have is this one from the american museum of natural history (photo kindly provided by my talent agent peter bond and lillian the albertosaur).

3 comments:

Raptor Lewis said...

I love the fact you used the "Monoclonius" mount from the AMNH! :) Perfect for this post!

About the skull you mentioned being a cast, I think it might be based on my observations, though I don't for sure either, as we both know I'm certainly (nor do I personally claim to be) NO expert here! ;P

fiziskandarz said...

very interesting blog! :D

Dinorider d'Andoandor said...

like your casts!