Very short post. The full post will occur on October 31st.
So what was the solution to my “mystery theropod“?
Here is the first image. Seems innocent enough. But appearances are deceiving. This is Dr. Masiaka, and as one can guess from the title of this post and a very broad reading of Robert Louis Stevenson, the identity of his alter-ego is plain:
There’s something interesting about expanding the structure of “lips” in theropods to animals with exaggerated teeth. How, really, does one fit “lips’ around a closing jaw with wicked teeth? I do not think the solution is very difficult, what with enough flesh around the jaw to close over the upper teeth as in lizards. The closed-jaw model was illustrated first, over a designed based on a completed skull reconstruction, which will appear in the next post. This allowed me to model the lip-structure accurately enough following the model I used for Velociraptor mongoliensis here.