16 June 2015
All There is to Know
Anyone looking for a one stop paper on anatomy of Mosasaurus can visit this JSTOR page and take the rest of the day off. The paper is thorough and well written, and covers a wide swath of the anatomy of Mosasaurus hoffmannii, making it an indispensable reference for the mosasaur enthusiast. There are also descriptions of fossils throughout the history of our discoveries of mosasaur specimens including Mosasaurus beaugei Arambourg, 1952 and Mosasaurus conodon Cope 1881 (admittedly the second paper is more of a review of the taxon). Technically minded individuals may appreciate studies of dental microstructure in mosasaurs or maybe even rare earth element analysis that determines where and when an animal was alive. The last paper reminds me of the summer I did inorganic chemistry research. I enjoyed some parts of that more than others.