Matthew T. Mossbrucker's scientific contributions

Publications (8)

Conference Paper
Quarry 1 are fluvial deposits with numerous clay rip-up clasts within channel lag deposits. The YPM collections survey uncovered the first diplodocid teeth from Quarry 1 as well as crocodillimorph material (tooth crown) and undescribed post-cranial material from a camarasaurid. Quarry 5, the type location for Stegosaurus armatus, is fluvial sandsto...
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Apatosaurines are giant Late Jurassic herbivorous dinosaurs, defined by short, massive forelimbs, curiously delicate triangular muzzles, and exceptionally wide, air-filled neck vertebrae (the largest among vertebrates). Best known are Apatosaurus ajax, discovered in 1877, and Brontosaurus excelsus, discovered in 1879 . Since 1905, most scholars hav...
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Communicating how fossils are collected, cleaned, and put on display for public view is best done in an open fossil preparation lab. While a common display for large museums to encourage visitors to peer into the “fishbowl” windows of a working paleontology lab, direct communication with the public is limited. The paleontology lab at the Morrison N...
Conference Paper
In 1877, the first giant Jurassic dinosaurs were discovered in Morrison, Colorado by Arthur Lakes. Although North America did not produce the first sauropodomorph dinosaur, Apatosaurus ajax was the first sauropod that provided insight into the form of the most iconic family of long-necked dinosaurs. Crowning the neck with the correct skull proved c...