Paleonet: Mystery specimen

Carl Mehling cosm at
Fri Mar 9 14:07:46 GMT 2018

I just checked our collections and it isn’t ours. But thanks so much for posting this!

From: Paleonet < at> On Behalf Of Howard Gibbins
Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2018 1:48 PM
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Subject: Paleonet: Mystery specimen

Please excuse the cross posting, but I figured that it was best to send this to both Preplist & PaleoNet to get the best coverage possible.
We have a specimen of a partial Champsosaur skull in our possession, with the catalogue number 8220 written on it in black ink (see attached pictures). We don't believe it is our specimen. A handwritten note with specimen states [possibly by Bruce Naylor?]:  "Probably Not our specimen - Whose?  NMC?"

We have checked with National Museum of Canada, & Royal Ontario Museum but both say it isn't theirs.
The specimen was possibly borrowed by Dr. Richard Fox in late 1960's during his research on Champsosauridae; but as of this date [March 8, 2018]  no original home has been found.
I would appreciate it if you could check your collections for a missing specimen, and let me know if it is yours.

Howard Gibbins
University of Alberta
Laboratory for Vertebrate Palaeontology
Biological Sciences Building
Edmonton, AB., Canada
​ T6​G-2E9
(780) 492-9366
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