… and a Happy New Year (lamest type specimen ever?)
December 30, 2007
Things are pretty quiet at SV-POW! Towers: Matt’s on the road and can’t post, I’ve been working way too hard on day-job work and haven’t had much time for anything else, and Darren seems to have gone to ground (probably holed up somewhere with a stack of lissamphibian cladograms). Until the new year, then we give you the following lame picture:
What we have here is one of the lamer sauropod type specimens: it’s BMNH R28632, the lectotype of the venerable Wealden “brachiosaurid” Ornithopsis hulkei Seeley 1870. I won’t blame anyone who can’t immediately see what it is: it’s a badly eroded dorsal centrum in left lateral view. Perhaps surprisingly, this genus was judged valid in Upchurch et al.’s (2004) survey of sauropods.
There’s a lot that could be said about this specimen, and maybe we’ll revisit it in the New Year, but right now I need to go and watch Sonic Underground Volume 2 with my boys, so for now you’ll have to content yourselves with the picture.
Happy new year!