Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Drepanosaurus (2012)

Drepanosaurus unguicaudatus

Length 25cm
Scale 1/2

Of course, I know these plants were not in Triassic.  I took this picture with imagination as "if we can keep this animal".

My Drepanosaurus with Dan Chure and his wife  at SVP annual meeting in 2013.
He presented on new specimens of Drepanosaurus at the SVP, and used my work images in the presentation.

Main references, 

" The taxonomy and paleobiology of the Late Triassic (Carnian-Norian: Adamanian-Apachean) drepanosaurs (Diapsida: Archosauromorpha: Drepanosauromorpha)."
Silvio Renesto, Justin A. Spielmann, Spencer G. Lucas, and Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli. (2010).
 New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin. 46:1?81

Phil Senter
Division of Mathematics and Science, Lamar State College-Orange,
410 Front St., Orange, Texas 77630 USA


Dr. Alien said...

Just marvellous, nothing to add! It's so exciting to see as if they were still living some models of extinct species from minor groups.

Land of the Dead said...

A really great piece of art. One would swear it is alive. There are few groups of tetrapods with as high a coefficient of skeletal weirdness as drepanosaurids. Each member of the group is wonderfully bizarre.It is nice to see the group finally getting attention from sculptors and thus get introduced to the general public.