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Discovery of dermal spines reveals a new look for sauropod dinosaurs

Stephen A. Czerkas
Discovery of dermal spines reveals a new look for sauropod dinosaurs
Geology (Boulder) (December 1992) 20 (12): 1068-1070

Abstract

The smooth, quasi-elephantine form of the huge, long-necked sauropods is a familiar image widely repeated in both scientific and general literature. Recent discovery of fossilized sauropod (diplodocid) skin impressions reveals a significantly different appearance for these dinosaurs. The fossilized skin demonstrates that a median row of spines was present over the tail and may have continued anteriorly along the body and neck.


ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Coden: GLGYBA
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 20
Serial Issue: 12
Title: Discovery of dermal spines reveals a new look for sauropod dinosaurs
Author(s): Czerkas, Stephen A.
Affiliation: P. O. Box 277, Monticello, VT, United States
Pages: 1068-1070
Published: 199212
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 3
Accession Number: 1992-060441
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1992
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