Thursday, March 14, 2013

Project Daspletosaurus!

Daspletosaurus, Field Museum
Paleontologist and prolific blogger Dave Hone (Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings) has a potential new project in the works: a study of cannibalism in Daspletosaurus.  (Daspletosaurus was a tyrannosaurid from a few million years earlier than T.rex, and slightly smaller).  As I understand it, he would be working with Darren Tanke on analysis and prep work of one or more specimens (Darren Tanke is a preparator at the Royal Tyrell Museum and the one who led the Dino Hunting by Boat Project a couple years back).

To help fund the project (i.e., travel expenses from the UK to Canada, supplies, publishing costs), he's set up a crowd-funding page at Microryza: Cannibalism in Giant Tyrannosaurs.  Check out the Updates page and go here for contributions/donor incentives by several renowned (paleo)artists, including Brett Booth, Luis Rey, and Julius Csotonyi.

In addition, David Orr of Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs has designed a logo and is offering merchandise (T-shirts!) for sale on his RedBubble site (proceeds go to Project Daspletosaurus).

 P.S.  Yes, I ordered a T-shirt.  Don't tell Cyn.

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