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New Ceretopsian "discovered" in Museum Collection
Topic Started: Dec 6 2011, 01:10 PM (376 Views)
Exogenesis
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Pretty remarkable that specimens of this dinosaur were laying in NHM's collection for nearly a century and were almost completely forgotten about.
New Horned Dinosaur
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Russwallac
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EPIC FAIL :(:
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Spugpow
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This is actually a fairly regular occurrence. In fact, you could argue that the main function of museums is to stockpile specimens for later examination.
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Russwallac
Dec 6 2011, 04:19 PM
EPIC FAIL :(:
It's an epic fail to write down 'triceratops' on a new skull fragment and put down enough about it that it is later reclassified under a subfamily that didn't exist at the time yet is effectively identical to what you thought it was?
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Russwallac
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That thing looks nothing like a triceratops. Look at the picture, man.
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Just imagine if those fossils were researched just a few years after getting brought there... Then today every dinosaur fan would know about "those retro Ceratopsians like Triceratops, Styracosaurus and Spinops".

That animal could have become way more well-known than Pachyrhinosaurus.
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Dec 7 2011, 08:41 AM
That thing looks nothing like a triceratops. Look at the picture, man.
They had an uncleaned brow fragment. Maddening as it sounds, 86 million years damages most things.
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lamna
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They thought a fragment of a similar species to triceratops, then put the unimportant fragment to one side and did other things?

That is a truly epic fail, I'm sure they will sing songs of this for a thousand years. Frankly I'm surprised the staff has not all committed seppuku.
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lamna
Dec 7 2011, 03:53 PM
Frankly I'm surprised the staff has not all committed seppuku.
They're too busy being dead in the first place.
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M friend parodied i song about something like this...
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