I choose Haplocanthosaurus

November 18, 2016

snowmass-haplocanthosaurus-caudals

Oh man, 2016, you are really working on my nerves.

Sometimes it’s a positive balm to hold a piece of an animal dead and gone for 145 million years, or stare at a thousand vertical feet of sandstone, and know that we are all ants.

These lovelies here intrigue me deeply. They’re the three caudal vertebrae recovered from the Snowmass Haplocanthosaurus that John Foster and I described a couple of years ago. Pretty sure I’ll have more to say about them in the future. For now it’s enough that they’ve come across such a vast gulf of time and given this stressed-out primate a little perspective.

Reference

Foster, J.R., and Wedel, M.J. 2014. Haplocanthosaurus (Saurischia: Sauropoda) from the lower Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) near Snowmass, Colorado. Volumina Jurassica 12(2): 197–210. DOI: 10.5604/17313708 .1130144

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4 Responses to “I choose Haplocanthosaurus


  1. Nerdy confession:

    Pokemon Sun/Moon comes out today, so when I saw the title of this post, I immediately said (internally):

    “Dammit, Matt, it’s ‘Haplocanthosaurus, I CHOOSE YOU!'”


  2. I know how you feel – I’m doing a completely capricious skeletal reconstruction right now for no other reason than it’s tremendously therapeutic at this point in time.

  3. Chase Says:

    I get it too. I just drove to Maryland and back to look at some ornithomimosaur remains and all I could think about was what we’re looking at this coming year.


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