Monday, January 7, 2013

Sectret Project Revelaed!


I got the idea just before New Years - how cool would it be to be able to stitch your way through the alphabet.. of dinosaurs?

half-assed Backstory:
Growing up, I always wanted to be a paleontologist. I loved Dinosaurs - still do.
My favorite is the Protoceratops.

But I didn't want it to be those alphabets where the dinos were wrapped around into the letter, or peeking out from behind it. It's been done heaps of times. But, what about the dinosaurs themselves, with their name - as a picture? Then put them in order, and walah! Dinosaurs in alphabetical order.

I did make sure to include the.. less popular? dinos instead of the usual ones you see - there are so many different dinosaurs out there it's insane. I've also tried to include dinosaurs from all different corners of earth - there's North America, South America, Australia, theres a couple that were found globally, if I remember right.. and I've included a few pterosaurs - though they aren't true dinosaurs.

I'm excited for this - i've got my list done, and my research pics organised, so it's just a matter of doing the patterns. My goal is to do 1 a week, so for the next 26 weeks, there's going to be a new dinosaur out there in the world.

This week, to kick everything off, is the Agustinia!

From Wikipedia:
Agustinia is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period of South America. Like all known sauropods, it was quadrupedal and herbivorous. Although some sauropods are known to have body armor, Agustinia's armor was unique even among sauropods. It had a series of wide, vertical spikes and plates down the center of its back, somewhat like the unrelated Stegosaurus. Aside from the armor, very little is known about the anatomy of Agustinia. A fibula (lower leg bone) has been recovered that is about 3 feet (895 mm) long. When compared to the same bone in related dinosaurs, this indicates that Agustinia may have been about 50 feet (15 meters) long.

The name Agustinia honors the discoverer of the specimen, Agustin Martinelli. This dinosaur was originally named in a 1998 abstract written by famous Argentine paleontologist Jose Bonaparte. The original generic name was Augustia, which, as it turned out, was already preoccupied by a beetle (see also: Megapnosaurus, Protognathosaurus). Bonaparte changed the name to Agustinia in a full paper published in 1999, which also introduced the family Agustiniidae. There is one named species (A. ligabuei), which is named in honor of Dr. Giancarlo Ligabue, a philanthropist who provided financial support to the expedition which recovered the remains.

Agustinia was recovered from the Lohan Cura Formation of Neuquen Province in Argentina, which is thought to date from the late Aptian to Albian stages of the Early Cretaceous Period, between 116 and 100 million years ago.

Only fragmentary remains are known. These include fragments of vertebrae from the back, hips, and tail regions of the spinal column, and 9 of the oddly-shaped plates or spikes which were attached to those vertebrae. Parts of the lower hind limb were also recovered: a fibula, tibia, and 5 metatarsals. A femur (thigh bone) was found at the site but was too fragmented to collect.

Definitely a different looking Dinosaur!

So, i'm listing the Agustinia on both my etsy store and my Shop Delighted store, i'll be tagging both with dinosaurabet, if you want to go looking, though i'll have links below. :)
Etsy -
Shop Delighted -

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