Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pink Dinosaur #163

Pink Allosaurus by David Tana

13 - Allosaurus fragilis - this tetanuran roamed the western United States during the Late Jurassic (~ 155-145 mya), and was the dominant predator of the Morrison Formation. Described in 1877 by O. C. Marsh, A. fragilis was one of the first well known theropods (and is by far the greatest dinosaur of all time, in my opinion).  The skeletal reference for this restoration is the famous AMNH 5753 on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Pen and highlighter on paper.

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2 comments:

Nima said...

Nice! I saw that skeleton in person.... the funny thing is it's never actually been described so it may not be Allosaurus (or not A. fragilis anyway...)

David Tana said...

I know! I think it's completely crazy that it's been at the AMNH (of all places) for so long, and no one has gotten around to describing it.