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Category Archives: Biology
My last post on Rhamphorhynchus muensteri‘s skull elicited some dialogue on the dietary preferences one might infer from looking at Rhamphorhynchus‘s skull. This was done regardless of the preservation of gut remains or implied habitus. In preparation of a larger … Continue reading
Today is World Pangolin Day; a day to reflect on the endangered, but also incredibly interesting and special nature of this mammal (here’s Dr. John Hutchinson of What’s in John’s Freezer on the many peculiarities of pangolins). The pangolin, Manis … Continue reading
So, after about a year I figured I’d get around to completing this. Truth was, I got distracted by other research, personal stuff, and little motivation to work on the project I was doing this is connected to. Namely, I … Continue reading
Sometimes I’m a bit lazy in my stippling of skulls, and try to be loose about details, and this is generally true when the target is pretty tiny. In the case of my cookiecutter shark stipple (if you can find … Continue reading
What? Another All Your Yesterdays mention? Sorta. You remember when I asked you all what this might be? Someone got the right answer, although I’d love to speculate how they came about it. I have a clue, and it might … Continue reading
The orientation of the head for standardized anatomical comparison is important for biological and paleontological analysis. It influences anatomical direction, description, the relationship of soft-tissue, study of behaviors such as feeding by the orientation of muscles versus gravity, and so … Continue reading
In their original description of Moganopterus zhuiana, Lü Junchang and colleagues described the new pterosaur as a boreopterid ornithocheiroid, to be compared alongside Zhenyuanopterus longirostris and its ridiculous teeth, and the crested-and-toothed Guidraco venator and Ludodactylus sibbicki. Sporting a long … Continue reading
Rhynchops niger is a fun animal. Not only does it have this wonderfully huge lower bill, there’s lots of fun little structures of the jaw that interact in ways one doesn’t really expect in birds.(The gap in the upper and … Continue reading
A while back I started a project in which I would reconstruct an ancient animal layer by layer, moving from various organ systems using some degrees of inference to make sure these organs are correctly aligned, and perhaps correctly sized. … Continue reading