Xenoposeidon‘s world-domination plan continues!

February 4, 2019

I was delighted today to see a tweet from dinodadreviews:

(Here is it, archived, in case it goes away for any reason):

Another kid’s book featuring @MikeTaylor’s baby, Xenoposeidon! Seen in this “#Alphasaurs” book as its old brachiosaurus interpretation, I love the “X-ray” flap showing the approximate location of its one known bone! 🦕

This is a nice, elegant bit of artwork, based of course on the old brachiosaurid interpretation of Xenoposeidon — which has been superseded by the new rebbachisaurid interpretation, but the author and designer weren’t to know that.

My only reservation, really, is that the pronunciation isn’t quite right. There’s no real excuse for that as I gave it right in the paper: it should be “ZEE-no-puh-SYE-d’n”. Oh well.

The inspiration for the book illustration will have been this image:

which we used in Post 4 of the original Xenoposeidon week, and also in my old, pre-SV-POW! web-page about it. That in turn came from this one:

which I made as a joke and described as “the first scientifically rigorous skeletal reconstruction of Xenoposeidon. As the Day-four post says, “I thought it would be funny to do this for an animal known only from a single bone, showing the bone floating in the middle of a big black silhouette. Har har.” It’s funny, now, twelve years later, to the see the descendent of that image in a kids’ book.

Finally, these Xenoposeidon “reconstructions” were based on the solid work that Matt had done on a Brachiosaurus reconstruction (actually Giraffatitan, but back then we thought the latter was a species of the former) to be used in the papers about Sauroposeidon:

Matt wrote a short paper for Prehistoric Times about his work on this reconstuction. It’s only one page: go and read it.

dinodadreviews’ tweet was the first I’ve heard of the Alphasaurs book, but following the #Alphasaurs hashtag took me to a tweet by the book’s designer, which in turn took me to the book’s Amazon page. And there, I was surprised but pleased to see the Xenoposeidon gets the star billing in the Booklist review:

“X marks the spot” for Xenoposeidon. In this alpha-bestiary, the X denoting the only bone found for this long-necked dinosaur—from which its entire structure has been extrapolated—is cut into a flap that, when lifted, reveals Xenoposeidon’s very, very long tail. This dinosaur, like the other 25 who walk, swim, fly, and prowl through these foldout pages, is made up of hundreds of the first letter of its name. Check out the red capital As that mark Allosaurus’ fangs, or the vicious-looking Vs of the Velociraptor’s claws, or the way the Ws of Wuerhosaurus form spikes on its dangerous tail. Each of the dinosaurs showcases a different typeface, too (all the typefaces are identified at the book’s end). Meanwhile, fast facts about dinosaurs fill the margins. There is little doubt the strange art will reel them in—and probably keep them reading. A wholly unique mix of typography and dinosaur science. Grades 1-3. — Connie Fletcher

I’m not quite sure how Connie Flecher concluded that the lift-the-flap reveals the tail, but I’m prepared to give her a pass since the had the good judgement to lead with Xeno.



9 Responses to “Xenoposeidon‘s world-domination plan continues!”

  1. Luigi Gaskell Says:

    Everyone’s gonna hate me for this, but I know next to nothing about Xenoposeidon even though Mike and Darren have covered it on their blogs a hundred times.

  2. Mike Taylor Says:

    I don’t think anyone’s going to hate you, but I am a bit mystified. Xenoposeidon is not exactly a difficult dinosaur to find out about!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Speaking of rebbachisaurs, I’m surprised today’s post wasn’t on the recently described Bajadasaurus. A new sauropod whose weirdness primarily comes from its strange vertebrae, in a way even non-sauropodophiles can be impressed by? It must be like a dream come true for you guys.

  4. Mike Taylor Says:

    I posted this one (written a couple of weeks ago) early in the day, before I’d heard about Bajadasaurus. Don’t worry, it’s coming!

  5. Mike Taylor Says:

    (It’s not a rebbachisaur, though!)

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Oops, you’re right. I had a brain fart and mixed up dicraeosaurs and rebbachisaurs.

  7. Andrew Stuck Says:

    I can’t believe I missed this post earlier! Thanks for the shout out! I’m glad it made a decent excuse to talk about Xenoposeidon some more. :)
    (I think the website wasn’t letting me comment as Dino Dad for some reason….)

  8. Mike Taylor Says:

    Oh, you’re @DinoDadReviews? Good to know!

  9. […] to a comment from long-time reader Andrew Stuck, I realised he is also the tweeter @dinodadreviews, who pointed […]

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