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tarb skull [don't use, it's bad]

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Got linked to an auction site today with a Tarbosaurus bataar skull that was for auction a while ago. Beautifully preserved mostly uncrushed skull and according to the provided measurement the largest Tarbosaurus skull known - though not by a huge margin. The whole animal would be around 10.7 m in total length and a bit over 5 tonnes heavy. 
The actual specimen had an interesting pathology on the tip of the lower jaw that I corrected for, but you can see it in the linked page with the picture of the skull. 
Reference: www.bonhams.com/auctions/19371…

[apparently may be mostly reconstructed instead of being a nice skull]
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ak1508Professional General Artist

147.32 cm based on the measurements provided in the link's description. Would be great if there was a direct access to have a closer look at the specimen and verify the measurements.

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HUBLERDONHobbyist General Artist
Yeah, based on what I know about auctioned-off Mongolian fossils, this was probably not obtained legally. Most of them are smuggled out of the country and sold to private collectors who don’t know any better (look up the Nic Cage story; yes, that Nic Cage, on the Tarbosaur specimen he bought to see what I mean).
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I am sorry, but could you please enlighten me about why in the world the skull is so large?

Since when did tarbosaurus's skull reach dimensions of Sue?

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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
the skull is that large because that is what the measurements provided indicated.
It's smaller than Sue's skull though because this is from the very tip of premaxilla to the posteriormost end of the postmandibular unit.
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kumarkiranb356Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see a skeletal of tarbosaurus comming soon,
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
nop

refer to Franoys´ skeletal, I´m sure I can´t make a better one at this point.
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kumarkiranb356Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok
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kumarkiranb356Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The skull looks really epic though. I might want to use it as a reference for a tarbosaur drawing someday. Now that already there are too many T. rex skulls. More tarbosaur skulls should come too
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
I´d love to see a drawing based on it so go ahead. And yeah more Tarbosaurus skulls would be cool.
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kumarkiranb356Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, perhaps because tarbosaurus is your favorite dinosaur?
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
It isn´t but it would be fun if people used my references.
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kumarkiranb356Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok. Do more skeletalz of Dinos which have not had skeletald before
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TheDinoDrawer66Hobbyist General Artist
The skull does look incredibly beautiful, with all of the skull's features undistorted from nature. It is quite the spectacle.
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
thank you and yeah it´s a surprisingly good skull.
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TheDinoDrawer66Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome and indeed it is.
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HUBLERDONHobbyist General Artist
YUSS...
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