Mikhail Anosov had some chalky blue azurite nodules to 8 cm in diameter from this locality, and on some of these nodules are powdery yellow-green patches of microcrystals of the rare copper iodide species marshite
. Segue here to Marcus Origlieri's Mineral Zone, and some 5 to 10-mm loose clusters of subhedral marshite
crystals from Rubtskoye.
(Given the contingent and fragmentary nature of the field, getting the bones wrong is naturally a frequent charge and almost always correct.) From that time on, dinosaurology has been populated by both Marshite establishmentarians, who strain to lend the discipline the donnish solemnity of the Old World trivium, and Copean renegades, who invigorate it with the improvisational air of the American hobbyist.
Today's Marshites are institutionalists like John Ostrom of Yale or even general paleontologists such as Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard.