A Canadian teenager has been working with her dad on a project to build a fossilized skeleton of an Argentinian ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex. At the same time, both of them are simultaneously building a huge man in a 2-foot wide tank and building a truck to hold it all together.
It is really friggin’ cool.
After more than six years of planning, construction and development, Valerie Malhotra and her dad, Derek, have revealed on Sunday their 45-foot long bone collection that they have named Exomasia, after the fourth column of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
Because Descartes is the late Italian thinker who opened up the fundamental notions of personal and collective thought, Valerie’s team – which comprises fossil snorers, sculptors, scientists and embalmers – said they had found several more basic guidelines to building a skeleton, about making and preserving the bones, a design strategy for having the whole lot moved (and not in a coffin-like way), and even how to dry the bones and protect them against the elements. The site for their work is just east of the Calgary, Alberta, airport.
According to the experts, Exomasia’s skull and skeleton are in good enough shape to move to the Calgary Museum, and that the nearly complete skeleton will be made out of Siberian bones. Their work will still, though, take several years to complete. A smaller skeleton of a tyrannosaur is also in the works.
And we’re done talking about his name.
First, here’s the quote from the Mothra character in The Mothra Film. Then, here’s an excellent comment from a resident of Jasper in Alberta, Canada.