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Fossils of Jimbo the Supersaurus on exhibit

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To answer Mike’s question from the last post, here’s a nice dorsal of Jimbo. All the material’s from the same quarry and has consistent preservation, and this dorsal is a monster. I didn’t try to measure it through the glass.

Hey guess what? It’s gonna be another really short photo post. Here are some pix of the Jimbo material on display at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Many thanks to Tom Moncrieffe of the WDC for taking a good chunk of his day to show me around.

Two partial cervical vertebrae, with part of a little one in between them, and a sectioned rib up on the shelf. I didn’t try to measure these through the glass either, but I’d estimate that each of the cervical centra is a meter and change in length, and both were a few cm longer when complete.

I don’t know if this pneumatic dorsal rib was too big, too dense, or too expensive to CT scan, but Dave Lovelace and colleagues did the next best thing: they sectioned it with a big rock saw. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Next cabinet going around clockwise has these dorsal vertebrae and a couple of broken neural spine tops. The vertebra on the left is the one shown in lateral view at the top of this post.

A tibia and a fibula. This is where it gets a little weird. I measured the other fibula, not on display, as being 116cm long. That sounds big, but it’s only a few cm larger than the fibulae of CM 3018 or AMNH 6341. So either Jimbo was unusually short-legged for the size of its vertebrae, or these limb bones belong to a different individual.

A proximal caudal and a huge chevron in the next cabinet.

And the rest of the caudals in that cabinet, a selection from different spots down the tail, with chevrons.

I have roughly 2376 interesting things I want to blog about, but my head is already about to split open with all the fascinating sauropod anatomy I’ve seen in the past few days, and I’m staring down the barrel of three more days of this. Stay tuned!


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