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  1. Coelophysis tooth crown (CM 82931)

    Snapshot Title: Coelophysis tooth crown (CM 82931)
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Fossil-rich block from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    A single, incomplete tooth crown in the maxilla (upper jaw bone) of the Coelophysis specimen CM 82931. What is probably the tip of this tooth is visible slightly below and to the left.



  2. Coelophysis snout (CM 82931)

    Snapshot Title: Coelophysis snout (CM 82931)
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Fossil-rich block from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The snout of another individual of the small predatory dinosaur Coelophysis bauri.



  3. Coelophysis skull (CM 81765)

    Snapshot Title: Coelophysis skull (CM 81765)
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Fossil-rich block from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    A beautifully-preserved skull of Coelophysis bauri (specimen number Carnegie Museum [CM] 81765).



  4. Allen

    Snapshot Title: Allen
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    GigaPan mastermind Allen Shaw!



  5. Confuciusornis sanctus

    Snapshot Title: Confuciusornis sanctus
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    A life-sized sculpture of the primitive bird Confuciusornis sanctus, produced by well-known paleontological artist Gary Staab. Confuciusornis lived some 125 million years ago in what is now northeaste...



  6. Rhamphorhynchus muensteri

    Snapshot Title: Rhamphorhynchus muensteri
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This is a real fossil skeleton of the Jurassic pterosaur (flying reptile) Rhamphorhynchus muensteri. It was collected sometime prior to 1903 in the famed limestone quarries of Solnhofen in southern Ge...



  7. Partial Apatosaurus femur, CM 83

    Snapshot Title: Partial Apatosaurus femur, CM 83
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    In 1898, Andrew Carnegie read a newspaper article that announced the discovery of a gigantic dinosaur in Wyoming. This prompted Carnegie to try and buy the dinosaur for display in his new museum in Pi...



  8. Podozamites lanceolatus

    Snapshot Title: Podozamites lanceolatus
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This tree is Podozamites lanceolatus, a Mesozoic relative of living conifers. Since flowering plants, or angiosperms, had not yet evolved in the Jurassic, many ecological niches that today are filled ...



  9. Czekanowskia rigida

    Snapshot Title: Czekanowskia rigida
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    The tree reconstructed here is Czekanowskia rigida. Czekanowskia is a member of the Czekanowskiales, a totally extinct group of plants related to today's conifers.



  10. Marshosaurus skull

    Snapshot Title: Marshosaurus skull
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This is a reconstructed skull of Marshosaurus bicentesimus, one of the rarest meat-eating dinosaurs in the Morrison Formation (the rock unit from which most North American Jurassic dinosaurs have been...



  11. Jurassic dragonfly

    Snapshot Title: Jurassic dragonfly
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Diplodocus
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    Insects were diverse and adundant during the Jurassic Period, just as they are today. Several kinds (such as ants and bees) did not appear until the following Cretaceous Period, however.



  12. Palaeoaster inquirenda, a Cretaceous poppy

    Snapshot Title: Palaeoaster inquirenda, a Cretaceous poppy
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    Reconstruction of Palaeoaster inquirenda, a close relative of the modern poppy. Paleontologists know that this poppy lived with T. rex, because fossils of both organisms are known from the same rock u...



  13. Cretaceous magnolia

    Snapshot Title: Cretaceous magnolia
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This tree should look familiar - it's a close relative of today's magnolias. Flowering plants like magnolias were very common by the end of the Cretaceous Period. Such plants (technically known as ang...



  14. Edmontosaurus with tail injury

    Snapshot Title: Edmontosaurus with tail injury
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This Edmontosaurus individual in this Dinosaurs in Their Time mural was based on a well-known fossil skeleton housed at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The tail of this specimen exhibits an i...



  15. Triceratops skin

    Snapshot Title: Triceratops skin
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    The distinctive skin of the two Triceratops in this mural in Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition was based on actual fossilized skin recently found with a Tricerato...



  16. Allen

    Snapshot Title: Allen
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    Allen Shaw, the mastermind behind this brilliant GigaPan... :-)



  17. Erlingdorfia montana

    Snapshot Title: Erlingdorfia montana
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    The ancient sycamore tree Erlingdorfia montana. Close relatives of many modern plants, such as sycamores, were abundant during the final stages of the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs.



  18. Quetzalcoatlus

    Snapshot Title: Quetzalcoatlus
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    The gigantic Late Cretaceous flying reptile Quetzalcoatlus - perhaps the largest flying animal of all time.



  19. Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis

    Snapshot Title: Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This is a cast skeleton of Pachycephalosaurus, a pachycephalosaur or "bone-headed" dinosaur. Pachycephalosaurs are a rare, poorly-known group of plant-eating dinosaurs that are thought to be closely r...



  20. Diabloceratops eatoni

    Snapshot Title: Diabloceratops eatoni
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    A cast skull of a recently-named relative of Triceratops, Diabloceratops eatoni. Meaning "devil horned face", Diabloceratops is known from fossils discovered in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante Nation...



  21. Triceratops skull, CM 1219

    Snapshot Title: Triceratops skull, CM 1219
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    The skull on Carnegie Museum of Natural History's mounted skeleton of Triceratops is an original fossil. It is catalogued under the number Carnegie Museum (CM) 1219. It was collected from Hell Creek, ...



  22. Edmontosaurus ribcage

    Snapshot Title: Edmontosaurus ribcage
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Tyrannosaurs Battle
    Image Owner: Allen Shaw



    Description:

    This is the ribcage of the "carcass" of the duck-billed plant-eating dinosaur Edmontosaurus that the two T. rex individuals are meant to be fighting over. The top of the skull of this Edmontosaurus (t...



  23. Christie (?)

    Snapshot Title: Christie (?)
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    A fossil bird was discovered as this GigaPan was being taken, hence the cameras and smiling faces!



  24. Matt and Jessie (again)

    Snapshot Title: Matt and Jessie (again)
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Who says you can't be in two places at once?!



  25. Dianne

    Snapshot Title: Dianne
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Checking out a photo she just took.



  26. Disembodied legs!

    Snapshot Title: Disembodied legs!
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Since our team was working while this GigaPan was being taken, there are lots of weird "movement artifacts" (such as this) in this image.



  27. Rock strata of the Xiagou Formation

    Snapshot Title: Rock strata of the Xiagou Formation
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The archaic birds and other fossils that our team finds in the Changma Basin come from rocks belonging to the Xiagou Formation. The Xiagou Formation is a geologic unit that was deposited at the bottom...



  28. Cafeteria

    Snapshot Title: Cafeteria
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Our yet-to-be-assembled lunch area.



  29. Matt

    Snapshot Title: Matt
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The author of this GigaPan.



  30. Brenna

    Snapshot Title: Brenna
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The fossil bird-finder extraordinaire!



  31. Jessie

    Snapshot Title: Jessie
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    (With nearly severed arm!)



  32. Donkey!

    Snapshot Title: Donkey!
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    (I think)



  33. The village of Changma

    Snapshot Title: The village of Changma
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    This is the village of Changma, the largest (relatively speaking) town in the basin.



  34. Qilian Mountains

    Snapshot Title: Qilian Mountains
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Quarry 3, Changma Basin, northwestern Gansu Province, China, June 2009
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The snow-capped peaks of the Qilian Mountains, to the south of the Changma Basin.



  35. Two-headed Jack

    Snapshot Title: Two-headed Jack
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: "Striking a pose" at Changma Basin Quarry 3
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Next time, don't move!



  36. Sauropod manus (?) track

    Snapshot Title: Sauropod manus (?) track
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Liujiaxia Dinosaur Geopark, Gansu Province, China
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    This is the footprint of a sauropod - a quadrupedal, long-necked herbivorous dinosaur. It may be from the manus (i.e., forefoot) of the animal. Sauropod manus tracks tend to be vaguely horseshoe- or h...



  37. Hekou Group strata

    Snapshot Title: Hekou Group strata
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Liujiaxia Dinosaur Geopark, Gansu Province, China
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    The rocks that preserve the dinosaur footprints of the Liujiaxia Dinosaur Geopark belong to a geologic unit known as the Hekou Group. This unit was deposited sometime in the Early Cretaceous Epoch (~1...



  38. Sauropod pes track

    Snapshot Title: Sauropod pes track
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Liujiaxia Dinosaur Geopark, Gansu Province, China
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    This is a print of the hind foot (probably the right hind foot) of a sauropod - a quadrupedal, long-necked herbivorous dinosaur. Separate impressions of the innermost three toes (digits I-III) appear ...



  39. Theropod pes track

    Snapshot Title: Theropod pes track
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: Liujiaxia Dinosaur Geopark, Gansu Province, China
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    This is a print of the hind foot of a theropod - a bipedal, probably carnivorous dinosaur.



  40. Palaeoaster inquirenda, a Cretaceous poppy

    Snapshot Title: Palaeoaster inquirenda, a Cretaceous poppy
    Taken by: Matthew Lamanna

    Image: T. rex vs. T. rex, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs in Their Time
    Image Owner: Matthew Lamanna



    Description:

    Reconstruction of Palaeoaster inquirenda, a close relative of the modern poppy. Paleontologists know that this poppy lived with T. rex, because fossils of both organisms are known from the same rock u...



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