Friday, January 2, 2015

Cretaceous Mantua

Hey gang, quick post! A new website is up and running, with tons of information on the research being done at the Hornerstown formation of New Jersey, much of it by Drexel University. So if you were wondering what New Jersey was like back in the day (i.e. 65,000,000 years ago), browse the site and take a look at some of the now-extinct animals that were roaming around then:

Thoracosaurus neocesariensis eating Enchodus by Evan Boucher

I'm posting this here because it is in the Inversand Quarry that my good friend, a certain specimen of  Thoracosaurus neocesariensis, was pulled out of ten years ago. As you probably know by now, this croc kind of led me on taking my love for paleoart and paleo-related topics seriously, as well as helping in launching my own professional career.

Thoracosaurus necesariensis skull and dentary (NJSM NH 2005.2).
 Image by Thea Boodhoo, 
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Anyway, check it out! There's some cool information and images of plenty of fossil specimens of crocs, turtles, fish, bivalves, etc. It's a great resource and I hope to see more of these kind of outreach materials for other research projects in the future!

Enchodus by Evan Boucher


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