Thursday, January 14, 2016

By the way - that groove is also seen in...

the type specimen of Appalachiosaurus montgomeriensis, Bistahieversor sealeyi, the type specimen of Daspletosaurus torosus, the two Medicine tyrannosaurine, Raptorex, Alioramus, Tyrannosaurus bataar, and the type specimen of T. rex.

Also, the contact of the maxillary fenestra with the rostral margin of the antorbital fossa is seen in adult T. rex, not in Jane, Albertosaurus libratus or A. sarcophagus; and the ridge along the pneumatic recess of the ectopterygoid is seen in Jane and adult T. rex, but not in A. libratus or A. sarcophagus. The contact between the antorbital fossa and nasal is very long in Jane and adult T. rex, whereas in A. libratus and A. sarcophagus, if a contact is present, it is very short.

The medial postorbital fossa is in all tyrannosaurids, including adult T. rex.

No, I wasn't the anonymous reviewer!

Friday, January 1, 2016


Redescription of the Cleveland skull, circa 1995-1996: my original handwritten notes (left), measurements and sketch of occiput and basicranium (right), and printed manuscript (center). Thankfully, I've rescued this long-shelved work by incorporating it into the Jane monograph.
December 5, 2015

10:47 am: Late start; taking a second look at the section on the braincase before resuming the final pass of edits. I noticed last day that I did not check off the red ink; I’m not sure if that was an oversight on my part or if I haven’t actually made the changes.

12:28 pm: List for the Cleveland skull, continued: (17) length from basal tuber to basipterygoid process; (18) height of the postorbital region of the skull through the laterotemporal fenestra; (19) length of dorsotemporal fenestra; (20) width of dorsotemporal fenestra, (21) rostral margin of the dorsotemporal fenestra across the postorbital.

12:33 pm: OK – braincase taken care of – finally! Now, back to the final set of edits.

1:05 pm: Break for lunch.

2:05 pm: Back from lunch. The manuscript is 1,013 pages and 304,070 words in length.

3:17 pm: Still at 1,013 pages, but 304,222 words have been reached even though I am trying to delete as much as I can!

3:24 pm: Have to shower and run errands; I hate to leave this.

4:06 pm: Back to revisions!

5:12 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
Landscapes of fear, terror, & the tall wraiths
Torrential bloodshed
Savagery in gold leaf
Scissors, blood, & incisors
Ivory sockets sprout scarlet razors;
From your lawless skin
Wrought a flawless drape

December 6, 2015

10:26 am: Back to revisions to the section that compares the laterotemporal fenestrae of the articulated Cleveland, Jane, and adult T. rex (AMNH FARB 5027) skulls.

12:03 pm: Expansion of the description of the bony choana and addition of the palatine fenestra has brought the ms up to 304,908 words and 1,015 pages. This isn’t the desired trend, but it can be reduced. Going back to the choana to see if I can shorten things down.

12:32 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
All in silver
All in pearl
All in ice that melt unworlds

December 8, 2015

10:38 am: Another late start to bemoan; I’ll read over the choana and then proceed from there to the palatine and suborbital fenestrae. I’m starting with a page count of 1,016; I’ll try to reduce that by at least a page this morning.

11:57 am: Still at 1,016 pages, despite some additions. I’m done with the primary fenestrae, now I’m moving on to the primary cranial arches, starting with the postorbital bar.

12:24 pm: I just reached the dorsal temporal arch, and I’m losing the battle on page count – after adding to the postorbital bar, it crept up to 1,017 pages. Despite that, I am trimming along the way! Done with the dorsal temporal arch. Stopping for lunch.

December 10, 2015

~4:40 pm-5:00 pm: Today I started to print out hard copy of the Jane ms to proof and correct; made it to page eight!

December 11, 2015

~2:30-3:00 pm: Additional red ink to the new hard copy.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
The East is severed from its fingers
The North drowns in ink
The South is tarnished blight
The West dies upon a flowered knife

December 12, 2015

10:33 am: Resuming the trimming down of the manuscript, picking up at the ventral temporal arch.
Music: Mozart’s Requiem.
Missing data for BMRP 2002.4.1: (1) premaxilla, body, dorsoventral height. Started a list in Excel for loose threads.

12:47 pm: Time for lunch.

2:17 pm: Back to wheel & rudder the whale. I’ve reached the maxillary process of the premaxilla. Despite trimming, the monograph is still at 1,017 pages.

3:00 pm: Reached the nasals!

3:21 pm: Good grief – I found a gap in the description of the nasals: the joint surface for the premaxilla. Some text to add, which hopefully won’t push the manuscript above 1,017 pages!

3:47 pm: I tried to be brief, but the manuscript is now 1,018 pages in length.

4:50 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
You don’t read
You don’t need
You let time bleed:
Artisan of scrimshaw
Harvester of shagreen;
I want a triumph
A governance
A masterpiece
A sleeping Sun
To die in
A death to kill religion
(especially that one)
A tomb for the Song
To shriek in;
I wish your name
To fill every mouth with
Blood & adoration

December 13, 2015

11:55 am: Terribly late start. Tackling the nasal.

12:29 pm: Reached the maxilla!

12:36 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
I long for the bronze years when
Grief was freighted in warships
Of self mutilation

December 14, 2015

9:56 pm: Back to the maxilla.

10:35 pm: Some good progress made; I’ll have more energy for this tomorrow morning.

December 15, 2015

~10:20 am: Resuming the maxilla.

December 16, 2015

9:49 am: Resuming the maxilla.

10:37 am: Time to yield to other demands; reached the lateral alveolar margin of the maxilla.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
From the carapace crown
Wrought in Art Nouveau
From the lyre of the Cupid’s bow
To the bob and sway
Of the pelvic arcade;
The cradle of our grave
The mind of our sky
The constellation joined
By malice & inaction

December 17, 2015

4:43 pm:  A brief, brief return to the ms.

4:48 pm: I’ve reached the maxillary sinus system; but it is time to go – dammit.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
I just want to listen
I just want to learn things
I just want to burn gold
And make the decision before
The high noon wastes
Into long shadows
And I just want everyone
To shut up
So that I can hear the
Woman sing
About her stupid, stupid heart
On the daily main.

December 18, 2015

8:25 pm: Back to the ms!

9:39 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
The longest night
I don’t want to know anything
I don’t want to be anything
I don’t need to feel alive
I don’t need to be rich
Or aware
Or educated or brought
On board;
I’ll take the guillotine
I’ll take the firing squad;
The aftermath
Will glisten like bat teeth
Around the sonar shriek:
“All’s clear”.

December 19, 2015

11:00 am: A late start, but classes are over.

12:50 pm: Stop for lunch.

2:10 pm: Back from lunch. I have completed the pass through the maxilla and found a couple of gaps along the way, including the joint surface for the premaxilla on the nasal vestibule, and the entire intermaxillary process! I’ll wrap those parts up on a return visit to the Burpee once my entire proofread of the ms is done.
I still have not decreased the length of the ms by any amount, but it has not exceeded 1,018 pages. I now proceed to the lacrimal.

3:02 pm: I have several errands to run. Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
Become alien
Become fascinating
Become the thing that misled me
In the first instance
Pharyngeal jaws
Extracalvarial dome
Become beautiful
Become hideous
You be the shower of gold
I’ll be the tomb.

December 20, 2015

10:26 am: Back to revisions.

Music: Beethoven’s 5th.

11:29 am: Short break. Reached the medial pneumatic recess of the lacrimal.

12:33 pm: Back to the lacrimal, briefly.

12:38 pm: Time to go.

December 21, 2015

10:14 am: Good grief – a late start, but a start nonetheless. Resuming the lacrimal; at the supraorbital process.

Music: Mozart’s Requiem, followed by a return to Beethoven’s 5th.

12:00 pm: Found a loose thread in the description of the lacrimal: the neurovascular foramina that penetrate the rostral and caudal surfaces of the ventral ramus. I’ll take care of that after lunch. Stop.

1:09 pm: Back to work!

1:28 pm: Completed the new section on the foramina. The word count is 306,065, so I still have 
plenty of cutting down to do! I’ll now proceed onto the jugal.

Music: Beethoven’s 2nd and 4th.

1:47 pm: Stopping for an errand.

3:19 pm: Resuming the jugal, at its pneumatic recess. Criminy – I just bumped the ms up to 1,019 pages!

3:55 pm: A loose thread in the jugal spotted – I need to add the subcutaneous texture of the jugal for adult T. rex. Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
I think of you now and then
A little bit more than now and then
When we first met
I wasn’t your friend
I think of you now and then
A little bit more than now and then

December 22, 2015

11:00 am: A dispiritingly late start; resuming the medial surface of the jugal.

11:11 am: Deleted a redundant part of a paragraph – back down to 1,018 pages!

11:32 am: Perhaps there is an effective way of quantifying the length of the base of the postorbital process than comparing it with the length of the bone – suborbital height?

12:15 pm: Adult condition of the joint surface on the ventral quadratojugal process, orientation of the process, form of ventral margin, dorsal view, medial view.

12:19 pm: Done with the run through the jugal; time to eat. The next step is to take care of the loose threads for the jugal before proceeding on with the postorbital.

3:22 pm: Back to the Jane ms; I’m a bit fatigued, so I’ll start on the postorbital before taking care of the loose threads for the jugal.

4:13 pm: I have to stop for coffee.

4:16 pm: Back to it!

4:30 pm: Stop.

December 25, 2015

2:54 pm: Back to the ms, finally! I’ll back up to take care of all of the loose threads that are currently hanging over my head, which means back to the jugal I go!

4:14 pm: Phew – done with the jugal! Now, on to the postorbital to first take care of the loose threads accumulated so far.

4:25 pm: Hunger’s forcing me upstairs; brief break.

December 26, 2015

10:38 am: Just answered a question about privately owned specimens left on my "Nanotyrannus isn’t real, really" post. Now, back to the postorbital section of the monograph to add in the information on the joint surface for the frontal for adult T. rex.

Music: Mozart’s Requiem.

11:15 am: Crumbs – the manuscript is 1,020 pages long!

11:51 am: Finally reached the cornual process of the postorbital, which means that the adult conditions will have already been included!

12:22 pm: Lunch break.

1:48 pm: Back to work!

2:10 pm: Done with the joint surface for the squamosal, now proceeding with the jugal process of the postorbital. The bad news is that the monograph has reached a page count of 1,021. I have to find ways to cut this down without sacrificing content.

2:28 pm: Stop.

December 27, 2015

10:52 am: Back to the jugal process of the postorbital; hopefully, I won’t be adding too much.

Music: Mozart’s Requiem.

11:40 am: A few additions made that have brought the monograph up to 1,022 pages; I am now at the subocular process of the postorbital, which shouldn’t require any new text since comparisons with adults have been made.

11:46 am: Made it to the squamosal!

12:24 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
In night thought
In light sought
From heights dropped
Into sight brought
From might fought
In right caught
A flight wrought
From blight flock.

December 28, 2015

12:51 pm: Back to the ms. Heavy snow and wind storm today, so I am at home unexpectedly early. Resuming the proofread of the squamosal!

1:43 pm: Time for lunch; stop.

~2:15 pm: Back to work.

2:52 pm: Errand to run; stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
How many cities
Do your hands hold?
How many sunsets
Must you pluck
To cherry rum?
Head for tail
Tail for head
Regret surfaces
& serpents the
Whatever you drink
It’ll be too much
Whatever I drink
It’ll be too little
& what separates us
is the electron thread
painted  in gold
on the chest
of a black flesh eater.

December 29, 2015

11:41 am: Dismally late start, with an immanent departure. Regardless, I found two loose threads in the squamosal: the description of the quadrate cotyle and joint surface for the otoccipital. I also found a loose thread regarding the skull frame, namely, the secondary laterotemporal fenestra. Squamosal: page 203+.

11:50 am: Stop.

4:30 pm: Resuming with the secondary laterotemporal fenestra.

4:59 pm: The secondary laterotemporal fenestra is completed! Now, on to the quadrate cotyle.

5:18 pm: Done with the quadrate cotyle, now on to the joint surface for the otoccipital and prootic.

5:42 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
Tyrants, lizards, kings
Then as the whale do not breath
Then as the crocodile do not spare
Then as the mantle do not sheave
Then as the deity do not appear
Then as the night do not reveal
Then as day do not fail;
“I can’t work anymore at night.”
Why not?
“I have no motivation, my mind’s off
the task; sleep looks so much better
in her leaden sunder; and I sit will-less
& wasting.”

December 30, 2015

10:02 am: Resuming the joint surface for the otoccipital and prootic of the squamosal.

10:10 am: Section completed! Now I can proceed to the quadratojugal! Unfortunately, the additions have brought the ms up to 1,026 pages.

10:40 am: Errand to run; stop.

11:06 am: Back to the quadratojugal!

11:44 am: Errand to run. Stop.

12:17 pm: Resuming the quadratojugal.

12:54 pm: Done with the quadratojugal! Now on to the quadrate! Stopped at page 236.

1:04 pm: Shifting gears by giving my attention to the corrected hard copy.

1:57 pm: Red-inked the premaxilla; time to print the description of the nasals!

2:12 pm: Have some errands to run. Stop.

2:33 pm: Back to red inking the hard copy!

3:08 pm: Finished red-inking the nasal; I’ll now print the maxilla!

3:10 pm: I just caught a gap in the description of the maxilla – the joint surface for the premaxilla on page 105. I’ll take care of this before resuming the quadrate.

3:13 pm: Section of the maxilla description printed out; I have to head home to eat something for lunch. Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
Tyrant lizard king
Cradle descending
Magisteria burned through at the neck
It’s not me that you shear
It isn’t you that I hear
It’s the Corinthian pillar leafing song
The blossom & bloom of the Chorus of Deaths;
The welt & weal of Dawn’s topaz scald

December 31, 2015

3:14 pm: After another catastrophic delay I am taking a step backward to complete the descriptions of the joint surfaces for the nasal and premaxilla of the maxilla.

3:37 pm: The rostral end of the joint surface for the nasal is done! Now, on to the joint surface for the premaxilla.

4:00 pm: Finished with the joint surface for the premaxilla; by this addition, the monograph has been nudged up to 1,027 pages. Now, on to the quadrate!

5:18 pm: Stop.

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
No, no commitment
No, no revision
No, no evasion

No, I’m no example.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


The original 600+ page hard copy of the Jane monograph; in recent days I have produced the final 1,011-page draft, which needs to be edited down to the agreed-upon (with the publisher) 300,000 words, along with other additions and revisions (details below). Regardless, the final draft of the description is a significant step toward seeing this work to publication.
November 7, 2015

9:41 am: Back to the tibia.
11:00-11:13 am: Brief break. Returning to the muscle scars of the tibia.
11:41 am: Done with the tibia for now; I still have to make comparisons with the juvenile and adult specimens in the collections at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (DDM; Kenosha, WI). It’s time to move on to the fibula.
12:07 pm: Time to make lunch.
12:52 pm: Back to the fibula!
2:24 pm: Goodness – 950 pages written!
2:40 pm: Reached the joint surface for the tibia on the shaft of the fibula; there’s a lot of detail for such a thin joint surface - time for a break.

November 8, 2015

10:28 am: Back to the fibula!

November 10, 2015

10:21 am: At the Burpee, time to wrap up the adult humerus!
11:03 am: Done with the humerus; moving on to the pelvic arcade.
~1:00 pm: Leave for lunch.
2:10 pm: Back from lunch; resuming the ischium.
3:21 pm: Done with pelvic arcade; going back to collections to work on the femur, I’ll start with the proximal end.
4:25 pm: Wrapping up for the day; finished the proximal end of the femur.

November 11, 2015

10:38 am: Resuming the fibula.
11:04 am: Lateral muscle scars done; have to stop.

November 13, 2015

7:03 pm: Tonight, on the infamous night of the Islamofascist attacks on Paris, another stab at the fibula.
7:44 pm: Stop.

November 14, 2015

9:22 am: Resuming the muscle scars of the fibula in posterior view.
9:37 am: Done with the muscle scars; I now have to give some time to a sauropod phylogeny project.
11:16 am: Done with the sauropod work, now back to Jane in a few minutes.
11:23 am: Moving on to the astragalus…

Music: Brahms, Symphony no. 1 in C minor op. 68, Symphony no. 3 in F major op. 90; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan.

12:12 pm: Time for lunch.
1:35 pm: Resuming, but skipping ahead to the pes.

Music: Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73, Symphony no. 4 in E minor op. 98; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan.

3:17 pm: Break time.

November 15, 2015

10:06 am: Resuming the pes.
11:20 – 11:43 am: Brief break. Back to the phalanges!
12:28 pm: Time for lunch.
10:09 am: Resuming work on the femur at the Burpee Museum.
12:23 pm: Time for lunch!
1:45 pm: Back from lunch.
3:34 pm: Done with the femur (for now); I have to re-photograph it with the proximal and midshaft parts of the right bone attached to each other.

November 16, 2015

10:31 am: Squeezing in a few minutes on the manuscript; focusing on the red ink in the earlier draft of the ms, which returns me to the introductory section of the pectoral girdle.

Music: Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73, Symphony no. 4 in E minor op. 98; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan.

11:15 am: Stop.

November 21, 2015

11:30 am: Just finished penning some revisions to a tyrannosauroid phylogeny article, penned with Brusatte; now back to Jane! I’ll resume with the red-ink revisions before I expand the description of the frontal and proximal tarsus.

Music: Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73, Symphony no. 4 in E minor op. 98; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan.

12:35 pm: Stop for lunch. Done with the red ink for the ilium and pubic, next to revise is the ischium.
1:45 pm: Back to Jane; for a change of pace, I’ll expand the description of the frontal!
3:20 pm: Done with the frontal! Now, back to making revisions to the ischium.
3:47 pm: Done with the ischium, now on with the femur!
4:11 pm: Stop.

November 22, 2015

10:16 am: Resuming red-ink edits of the femur.
10:32 am: Done with revisions to the femur, now the tibia!
11:22 am: Overall done with the revisions to the tibia, but I have to include DDM (Dinosaur Discovery Museum) specimens in a few sections. Now, on to the fibula!
11:41 am: Done with the fibula, now moving on to the astragalus.
11:46 am: Time for lunch.
12:22 pm: A brief return to the astragalus.
12:36 pm: Stop.

Music: Beethoven’s 5th.

November 23, 2015

3:21 pm: Day largely lost to uncontrollable extrinsic factors; presently I am at Carmax to have the tires switched, the headlight and oil replaced, etc. Resuming the red ink corrections to the astragalus.
3:27 pm: Done with the astragalus, now on to the red ink for the calcaneum.
3:36 pm: Done with the clacaneum, now on to the red ink for the distal tarsals!
3:47 pm: Done with the distal tarsal, now on to the pes!
4:13 pm: Pretty unbelievable, I’m pretty much done the red ink for the description of the skeleton; however, there are several loose threads to go back and take care of, as well as bringing the description of the astragalus and calcaneum to a close with the bones and relevant literature at hand. In the meantime, I’ll polish up some aspects of the description of mtt V before proceeding to the red ink for the Ontogeny section.
4:47 pm: Done with the red ink to the final sections (ontogeny & discussion); still have to take care of loose threads in the description, especially the proximal tarsals and pes. I’ll be off to the Burpee Museum tomorrow to take care of those sections. Stop.

990 pages written.

November 24, 2015

10:03 am: Back at the Burpee Museum to take care of loose threads in the description of the hindlimb. Resuming the fibula.
10:35 am: Done with incorporating the fibula of BMRP 2007.4.1; moving on to the distal tarsals, of which one of BMRP 2007.4.1 is preserved.
~1:00 pm: Lunch.
~2:10 pm: Back from lunch and in the gallery exhibit to examine Jane’s pes.
~5:32 pm: Leave for Kenosha.

998 pages reached!

November 26,  2015

10:32 am: Finally – it’s time to revise and expand the description of the proximal tarsals, the last major block of description left to complete! Beginning with the astragalus.
11:51 am: Done with astragalus, now moving on to the calcaneum!
12:22 pm: Done with the calcaneum, but I have some finishing touches to make to the astragalus.
12:30 pm: Done with the astragalus!

1001 pages reached!

November 27, 2015

11:11 am: A late start; the bulk of the description is nearly done, where in the short term I have to complete (1) the description of the articulated skull, (2) add the pedal phalanges of ‘Petey’ (BMRP 2007.4.1), and (3) take care of the descriptive loose threads that I had left to take care of at a later time. I also have to read through the text to correct any spelling or grammatical errors and edit it down to size.

After all of that, I then have several other tasks:

(1) complete the photographic plates of the teeth, hemal arches, cervical and dorsal ribs, and gastralia;

(2) add all of the figure citations to the text;

(3) add the table citations into the text;

(4) make sure all of the literature citations are correct and complete;

(5) make sure the literature cited section is correct and complete;

(6) draft the table of contents;

(7) draft the index;

(8) draft the rest of the figure captions;

(9) photograph the assembled 3-D print of the skull;

(10) draft the color plates; and

(11) draft the suggested cover illustration.

~5:30 pm: Resuming revisions – taking care of as many loose threads as can, based on the red-ink to the hard copy of the ms. It already is clear that I have to make a return visit to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to obtain a host of measurements from the Cleveland skull.
7:17 pm: Stop.

November 28, 2015

10:47 am: Another late start; resuming the loose threads of red ink revisions in the hard copy.
List for this Tuesday’s Burpee Museum visit: (1) pedal phalanges of BMRP 2007.4.1, (2) medial mandibular fenestra of BMRP 2002.4.1, (3) dimensions and form of the ventral temporal arch, (4) check to see if either of the 13th maxillary teeth are identifiable among the isolated teeth, if not , include a note in the ms that they might be preserved but cannot be distinguished from the other teeth;

List of data required for CMNH 7541: (1) snout length from caudal edge of lacrimal, (2) skull height through the postorbital bar, (3) rostrocaudal length of dorsotemporal fenestra, (4) mediolateral width of dorsotemporal fenestra, (5) rostrocaudal length of postorbital bar at midheight of orbital fenestra, (6) rostrocaudal length of postorbital bar at midheight of laterotemporal fenestra, (7) length of the ventral ramus of the lacrimal at its midheight, (8) length of the dorsal temporal arch, (9) height of rostral end of dorsal temporal arch, (10) height at midlength of the dorsal temporal arch, (11) height at the caudal end of the dorsal temporal arch, (12) dimensions of the ventral temporal arch, (13) length of the dorsotemporal fossa of the frontal, (14) length of the sagittal crest, (15) length of basicranium from basipterygoid process to basal tuber, (16)  

1:06 pm: Stop for lunch.
1:56 pm: Resuming the description of the ventral temporal arch. After adding needed description, the ms is now 1007 pages; the word count is 302,530, which I have to edit down to at least 300K.
2:36 pm: Stop.

November 29, 2015

10:37 am: Resuming the loose threads of red ink.
12:36 pm: Stop.

November 30, 2015

9:15 am: Taking some time to edit down the Jane ms and start a checklist of references and institutional abbreviations.
9:41 am: Stop.

December 1, 2015

10:00 am: Arrival at the Burpee museum and starting with D III PH 1 of Petey (BMRP 2007.4.1). Resaving the manuscript file as December.

Checklist for this Tuesday’s Burpee Museum visit:

(1) pedal phalanges of BMRP 2007.4.1 [11:43 am]

(2) description of the medial mandibular fenestra of BMRP 2002.4.1 [11:50 am]

(3) dimensions of the ventral temporal arch [11:58 am]

(4) check to see if either of the 13th maxillary teeth are identifiable among the isolated teeth, if not , include a note in the ms that they might be preserved but cannot be distinguished from the other teeth [12:25 pm]

(5) in caudal vertebra #1, check for foramina between the transverse process and the prezygapophysis: present

(6) in caudal vertebra #10, get the length of the process ahead of the joint surface of the prezygapophysis

(7) Check fossil for dorsal ribs with complete ventral tips; if there is one, note which it is

(8) get length of pubic tubercle

(9) get height of pubic tubercle

(10) get max width of pubic boot

(11) clarify unexpanded form of the ridge that extends ventrally from the fibular crest onto the diaphysis of the tibia

(12) check contact between distal tarsal IV and the adjacent mtts.

2:30 pm: Back from lunch; in the gallery to take care of loose threads that require direct study of the fossil.
3:00 pm: Done in the gallery; double-checking a couple of loose threads pertaining to a rib and a gastralium.
3:33 pm: Done for the time being!

Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs

The book of the nine hours
From flowered western gate
to Center Night: death, mirror,
& rattlesnake
The elements of Caiman hour:

When I saw the totality
Without day
Without night,
Without death
Without life,
Without dream
Without memory,
Without love
Without conscience;
When I saw the totality;
Without time
Without motion
Without flower
Without grass
Without eagle
Without caiman
Without dog
Without deer
Without water
Without direction
Without vulture
Without obsidian;
When I saw the totality;
Without rabbit
Without turkey
Without house
Without blood
Without gold
Without sliver
Without calendar
Without mirror;
When I saw the totality;
Without rattlesnake
Without lizard
Without birth
Without murder
Without teeth
Without energy
Without bones
Without skin
Without planet
Without star;
When I saw the totality;
Without fire
Without cold
Without body
Without void
Without layer
Without flow
Without division
Without apoptosis
Without extinction
Without speciation
Without fury
Without expectation
Without shove
Without embrace
Without ice
Without blaze;
When I saw the totality;
Without endurance
Without sensation
Without stone
Without water
Without expanse
Without gutter
Without generation
Without decay
Without rage
Without pollen
Without flight
Without pinion
Without grief
Without skeleton
Without flower
Without desiccation
Without universe
Without nature;
When I saw the totality;
Without eyes
Without terror
Without agony
Without song
Without shoe
Without barrier
Without weakness
Without power
Without breathing
Without blade
Without gratitude
Without favor
Without ghost
Without sable
Without cobalt
Without scarlet
Without disease
Without garden
Without mind
Without space
Without ally
Without nightmare
Without sequence
Without signal
Without eon
Without sun;
Without pleat
Without harpoon
Without self
Without aperture
Without Medusa

With Sutekh.