One vert to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

April 20, 2008

It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing.

Such a little thing….

Prepare yourselves, true believers. Pleurocoelus is coming!

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9 Responses to “One vert to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them”

  1. Mike Taylor Says:

    Dude, that is AWESOME.

  2. Darren Naish Says:

    If I may add some words uttered at a recent functional anatomy conference (and stated in direct reference to the image above), will you delete them? Test: Victorian sex aid. Sit back and let google do the work I say…

  3. Matt Wedel Says:

    Dude, I have the utmost respect for you, but seriously, what the hell are you talking about? I won’t delete as long as you clarify. We’re all mature scientists here, we can take it.

  4. Matt Wedel Says:

    …er, unless you are referencing the fact that the Pleurocoelus cervical looks like a stubby phallus. In which case a simple yes or no will do.

  5. Graham King Says:

    Tres bizarre!

    …Exaptation?

  6. Nima Says:

    Woah, nice photoshop job. You can really tell Boromir hates the “little” thing…. The real vert must be huge.

  7. Matt Wedel Says:

    Actually, that’s about life size. One of the problems with Pleurocoelus (now Astrodon) is it was founded on material from very young juveniles that is not very diagnostic.

  8. Nima Says:

    so there’s NO adult verts for Astrodon at all? I thought there had to be something with which to at least roughly estimate the size…


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