Saturday, May 23, 2009

Leedsichthys problematicus

Goal for the week 15hrs
finish the sphinx
make clay
put first coat of silicone on the sphinx
work on figure with anubis mask

Leedsichthys problematicus was a giant fish filter feeding fish from the middle Jurassic. They current estimate is that they could grow to around 72 feet in length. They seem to have been fairly capable of defending themselves as individuals have been found with healed Leopleurodon bites. Like the bicher I mentioned early this week, Leedsichthys too was most cartilaginous with some bone. It got the name problematicus due to the fact that it has so many small bones and large chunks of the structure tend not to be preserved due to their being made of cartilage making the skeleton difficult to assemble. In a recent dig in Peterborough where they recovered a large fairly complete skeleton they excavated over 2100 bones.

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