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Phytosaur Skull Preparation IV

It has been almost a year since I last posted on the preparation of this phytosaur skull from Petrified Forest National Park.  Worked has progressed during this time and most of the upper surface of the skull has been exposed.  As can be seen the skull is very nicely preserved and barely distorted.  Interestingly it appears to be fully crested (i.e., the premaxillary crest extends down the entire length of the snout) giving the snout a ramp-like profile.  We still need to clean off the rock at the back of the skull to make a better identification, but clearly this skull belongs to a pseudopalatine phytosaur.

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