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The Sternberg Collection at the Museum of Evolution (Uppsala University): a palaeontological and historical resource
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
2011 (English)In: The 2nd Wiman Meeting. Carl Wiman's Legacy: 100 Years of Swedish Palaeontology / [ed] Benjamin P. Kear and Michael Streng, 2011, 12-13 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Sternberg Collection at the Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University constitutes the single largest repository of Kirtland Formation vertebrate fossils outside of the U.S.A., and is the core off the most extensive collection of original dinosaur remains in Scandinavia. Its specimens derive from various localities in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico, and include mainly Late Cretaceous (late Campanian–Maastrichtian) dinosaurs, turtles, crocodiles and fish (teleosts, lepisosteids and mylobatid rays) together with a few middle Paleocene reptiles and mammals. The famous North American dinosaur hunter, Charles H. Sternberg, excavated and shipped the material to Sweden during the summer and autumn of 1921, under a commission from the then director of the Palaeontological Institute and first Professor of Palaeontology at Uppsala University, Carl Wiman. Unusually for the time, Sternberg and his two Navajo assistants made a thorough survey for both display-quality skeletons and much smaller fragmentary remains (including plants); thus the Sternberg Collection comprises an actual assemblage cross-section. Wiman established two new taxa (and wrote four papers) on the basis of his material: the hadrosaurid dinosaur Parasaurolophus tubicen, and goniopholid crocodylian Denazinosuchus kirtlandicus. Later workers have also identified other dinosaurs including hadrosaurs (Kritosaurus sp.), sauropods (Alamosaurus sanjuanensis), and theropods (Bistahieversor seeleyi, Saurornitholestes robustus). This study provides the first comprehensive catalogue of the Museum of Evolution Sternberg Collection and assesses its palaeoecological utility.

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2011. 12-13 p.
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166620DiVA: diva2:476956
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The 2nd Wiman Meeting on Scandinavian-Baltic Palaeontology, Uppsala, 17th and 18th of November 2011
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2013-10-22Bibliographically approved

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