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    Allosaurus "jimmadseni"
    Morrison formation, Dana Quarry, Washakie Co, Wyoming

    This cast was taken from the skull of the famous "Dracula" Allosaurus, found only a couple of years ago at the Dana Quarry and is being offered in Session One of this auction. Although only relatively recently investigated, this site is fast gaining in stature as a source for some superlative Jurassic fossils. Whilst casts have been made of the inflated skull, the present piece represents the original skull exactly as it was found in the ground. The significance of this is that by capturing the specimen in its original, unearthed condition, it allows for direct morphological examination to be performed without hidden visual obstructions, which occurs when restoration or reconstruction is added to the display preparation; that is to say it is the ideal form for a research quality cast. The skull is represented in profile with both sides accessible and with much of the dentition visible. Some of the surrounding matrix has been reproduced as well and displays rather flattened but retaining a good measure of three-dimensionality in places, and measures approximately 30 x 22 inches. Most Allosaurs are found with their skulls in fragments and loose piles; but "Dracula" represents one of the very few with a fully articulated, undistorted skull, allowing a rare look for researchers into the exact position and orientation of Allosaur skull bones.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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