Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lori's Ghost Ranch Bones



I'm working on some new (to us) material from the Hayden Quarry at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The cast has carbonized wood and bones from several individuals (presumably phytosaurs and aetosaurs) in a crumbly matrix. There are some aetosaur scutes, some small limb bones, and a couple of verts in some foil wrapped packets stuffed into the cast. These pieces have needed mostly cleaning and glueing. The nicely curved limb on the left is about 80cm long and appears to have some fossilization of cartilage on the distal ends.

—Lori

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