Stegosaurus vertebra

I haven’t talked about dinosaurs much lately, but I haven’t forgotten them. Volunteer Jim Slezak has been working on a number of bones for us, mostly from the “Nickapod” site located a few miles from Shell (I haven’t excavated the Nickapod site since this blog was started, which is why it hasn’t been mentioned here very often).

A few weeks ago Jim completed a small vertebra, shown above in left lateral view. Like many of the bones from Nickapod, this vertebra is highly deformed, but still recognizable as a cervical vertebra from Stegosaurus. In fact, it seems to be a pretty good match for the fourth cervical vertebra of Stegosaurus figured by O. C. Marsh, originally produced during the 1880’s:

Marsh’s Stegosaurus plates were reproduced in:

Ostrom, J. H., and J. S. McIntosh, 1966. Marsh’s Dinosaurs. The Collections from Como Bluff. Yale University Press, New Haven, 388 p.

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In other news, for those that can get to Martinsville, VMNH is now offering a series of leisure classes in paleontology. The first class, scheduled for February 21, is on the Fossils of Carmel Church.

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Registration for the 2009 SEAVP meeting is now open.

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2 Responses to Stegosaurus vertebra

  1. Doug says:

    How did it come to be called “Nickapod”?

  2. Alton Dooley says:

    I don’t actually know; it was named that before I came to VMNH. I have been emphatically told, however, that it was NOT named for Nick Fraser.

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