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Fossil Sinohydrosaurus head by C Lloyd

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Taken by
C Lloyd C Lloyd
Explore score
0.26 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 14, 2009
Date taken
Jan 13, 2009

Tiny Jurrasic fossil lizard head photographed through a microscope. The original is about 12mm long.

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. C Lloyd

    C Lloyd (February 06, 2010, 05:01PM )

    They are little chaps from the Triassic-Jurassic (approx 200 million years old), this is from what is now China. This is (I believe) a young adult, they grow twice as big. 'Sino' means China in Greek btw, so its name simply means Chinese water lizard. This was collected for sale and is real, as you can tell from the level of detail, beware fakes, always examine with a glass first. This one was mounted on plasterboard and missing sections and cracks were crudey filled.

  2. Ella Derbyshire

    Ella Derbyshire (October 03, 2009, 05:40PM )

    This is an amazing image. Do you know where and when this tiny creature lived? Where and when was it found? Is this an adult or a juvenile?

  3. C Lloyd

    C Lloyd (June 28, 2009, 10:23AM )

    This sort of image is hard work! The depth of field is tiny and the camera needs to be exactly square-on to your subject. This wasn't taken with a dedicated system, but rather an adapter on a fairly average microscope. Still it shows what is possible. A whole new field of gigapans awaits somebody with the right kit and patience.

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