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Uphill Both Ways

Volume 9 - Boston 1956

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2.9.4 Kronosaurus Queenslandicus (written by JR Jensen)

Dad revolutionized the way that dinosaurs are mounted. In order for you to understand how extraordinarily innovative the Kronosaurus Queenslandicus mount was, we need to go back and see how dinosaur skeletons had previously been mounted, i.e. during the early 1900's and the late 1800's. I was surprised today as I surfed the net to the big museums for images to show you to discover that they have all done major revisions of their dinosaur mounts. All of them. I’m sure I could find some antique photos but don’t know where to go so I’ll use this sample of a mounts that is greatly upgraded from how it was mounted 50 years ago I can guarantee you, i.e. before dad’s revolution that has spread around the world. This mount still shows at least five of the old-fashioned features that dad did away with when he showed the world -no kidding- how to ‘really’ mount skeletons: Figure 1 http://www.notduck.com/imagesNew/ducknsue.jpg

First: the two dark vertical poles supporting the skeleton, one under the shoulder girdle, the other under the pelvic girdle. I can’t tell if there is one under the tail on the right end of the image, but be assured, in the past there would have been at least one such support.

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