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.


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.


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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