MESSAGE FROM ZACK FROM THE FUTURE: Hello, everyone. This is Zack Neher. I have travelled to this post from the future. I wanted to give you a link to the Homebase for these posts. I am like Rose Tyler, leaving clues in the form of Bad Wolf. Except this is not quite like that at all really. Anyways. The Homebase for the series is HERE.
|Creeper shot of the film crew following us, with a large iridescent ammonite in the foreground. Notice the distinct chambers. How magnificent.|
We also saw Dr. Robert Bakker there. After I said hello, he waved me over and said "You're a smart kid. Can you tell me where the nostrils are on this thing?" The "thing" that he was referring to was a baby Eryops skeleton that he has been working on, a Permian amphibian that lived in the south eastern United States. Remains have been discovered in both Texas and New Mexico, and it was a contemporary of Dimetrodon, who most likely preyed upon it. Upon my examination, I promptly tried to prove his assessment of my intelligence wrong, as I pointed all over the skull in my attempts to locate the nostrils. Turns out, the nostrils were right where they should be. They were just confusing because in life, the animal would have been able to cover the nostrils with little flaps of bone, sealing off the nostrils from dirt and such while it was burrowing. Pretty interesting stuff!
|Dr. Bakker's baby Eryops. The snout is facing the pen in the left of the image, and the two holes that you can see are the orbitals, or the eye sockets. The googly eyes are explained below.|
|Another picture from a few weeks ago. This was taken at the Morrison Museum when my friend Kristie Chua came up to visit. Dr. Bakker, when asked "Why the googly eyes?" replied "I put the googly eyes on because I like it."|
We also saw a number of giant ammonites. Below are a few pictures of the better ones, probably the largest I have ever seen! The only other possible contender that I can think of was one that I saw at the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country in (you guessed it!) Texas. That one was a huge, probably five or six feet wide, imprint of an ammonite, right outside the entrance to the museum. This was the same place that I have talked about before, in my Acrocanthosaurus on the Prowl post. Great place! I definitely recommend checking it out if you are ever in the Canyon Lake/San Antonio area of Texas!
|The Heritage Museum ammonite. Perhaps my memory is a bit off. But I still remember it being incredibly, enormously large. Perhaps the picture makes it looks smaller? A mystery. I suppose I will have to check it next time we go back there now won't I.|
|The ammonites, in order of amazingness. Probably about a two, two and a half foot diameter.|
|Although its size was less impressive, perhaps only a foot or two wide at the most, it was most amazingly iridescent. There were a large number of them here, but somehow I succeeded in capturing zero great pictures. Go figure.|
|Same story as above. Not as impressive in size, but amazing in preservation quality. Check out those septum!|
|Masaki next to one big ass ammonite!|
|And Masaki with another big ass one! This one a bigger ass! Bigger ass one? Bigger one. A bigger one.|
|One specimen of the Draco lizards....|
|A skull of Darwinopterus from the show. This guy was at the booth for the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, or RMDRC for short, an awesome museum up in Woodland Park.|
|A fossil pterosaur from the show|
|Another fossil pterosaur from the show|