SVP in North Carolina — Maybe Next Year, in LA

This year’s annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) just recently ended, with from what I hear was another smashing banquet and after-party.

Most people usually get smashed in one way or another Saturday night as the banquet ends, the prizes handed out, the meeting called to a close, and everyone having no excuse not to hobnob with the best in vert paleo. I did not attend, though a hashtag was quickly developed for tracking the attention many paleos, journalists, and bloggers paid to the meetings. Looks like I missed a lot of fun, especially a lot of biomechanical and soft-tissue reconstructive work I would have wanted to cache in on. No matter, there’s always next year, in Los Angeles, which is close enough and gives me a good opportunity to get to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHMLA) for some valuable research. Because it’s close, I can drive down, and that saves a good deal of money.

In honor of what was certainly an amazing meeting, here’s my (outdated) skeleton of Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, of which the best preserved skull (nicknamed “Fran”) is located in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS).

The tall-spined lizard of AtokaThe spines are too tall, and the skull a bit long, the arms too large, and there are likely problems with other proportions. Scott Hartman’s reconstruction is far superior in many, many ways.

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