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Canadian scientist requests skin types be indicated in new dinosaur species descriptions




While comparing skin fossils from multiple specimens of Saurolophus, researchers realized that the scale structures hadn't been included in the species descriptions. Had they been, paleontologists may have been able to identify a new species simply by finding different scales! They're requesting that if anyone discovers a dinosaur species that they include the scales in the species description-- something that's never been done before.

Canada.com - Canadian researcher hails discovery as new 'way to approach paleontology' (press release with life reconstruction of Saurolophus angustirostris)
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Post on Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:18 pm by schnautzr

Oh...and if you'd like to see exactly what types of differences we're talking about, check this out!


Phil R. Bell, 2012. CC-BY 2.5.

The light gray areas are the parts of the skin that were recovered. Saurolophus osborni on top, and S. angustirostris on bottom.

Based on that, here are some life reconstructions illustrating the differences between these two species:

L. Xing and Y. Liu, 2012. CC-BY 2.5.

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