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Pen and ink reconstruction of Ceratosaurus

Ceratosaurus
Charles W. Gilmore was a prolific scientist. He was employed by the U.S. National Museum in 1903 where he worked until his death in 1945. Originally hired as a preparator to work on the extensive O.C. Marsh dinosaur collection that was transferred from Yale University to the U.S. National Museum in the late 19th century, Gilmore later became curator of fossil reptiles. He was in charge of mounting the world's first Triceratops skeleton for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as 23 other mounts on exhibit. He published 170 scientific papers including monographic studies on the osteology of Apatosaurus and Camptosaurus and the osteology of the carnivorous and armored dinosaurs.

The illustration on this page is a beautiful pen and ink line drawing of the USNM type specimen of the dinosaur, Ceratosaurus nasicornis Marsh, drawn by Rudolph Weber under the direction of Charles Gilmore.

Size of original illustration: 24.6 x 61.6 cm.

Publication:
Gilmore, Charles W. 1920. Osteology of the Carniverous Dinosauria in the United States National Museum with Special Reference to the Genera Antrodemus (Allosaurus) and Ceratosaurus. Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum, Bulletin 110. Government Printing Office, Washington, 159 pp. This illustration appears in Plate 30 and the skeletal reconstruction is discussed on text pages 114-115 of the publication.


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