|undescribed ?Gobivenator skull (HMNS coll.; field number 940801 TS-I WTB) (after Tsogtbaatar and Chinzorig, 2010).|
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Happy New Year 2020
Hi all. A Theropod Database update is online, with the main additions being troodontid information and info from the Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences Research Bulletins 1-3. I love these publications and wish more like them existed for other collections. They detail the expeditions into Mongolia with exact discovery dates and field numbers for taxa like Nomingia, Elsornis and Aepyornithomimus, and tons of still undescribed specimens. It's amazing just how many ornithomimosaurs are known from the Bayanshiree Formation for instance, when only the Garudimimus holotype has been described. There are over twenty more including the sort-of-described "Gallimimus" "mongoliensis" specimen IGM 100/14. So often for new taxa, especially those from the Jehol biota, no information is provided in the description as to when the specimen was discovered. I get that many are found by non-professionals and given to museums, but at least say "the specimen was given to the museum on x-x-xx by someone who said it was excavated around year y." Next up, halszkaraptorine and dromaeosaurid updates...
Reference- Tsogtbaatar and Chinzorig, 2010. Fossil specimens prepared in Mongolian
Paleontological Center: 2002–2008. Hayashibara Museum of Natural
Sciences Research Bulletin. 3, 155-166.