Category Archives: Biology

What To Do With Crests – Updated


Yesterday — on April 1st, which is about as warning bells as they come — I uploaded a post with a host of new art. This post is as much an admission that that post, somewhat subtly, is a joke. … Continue reading

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What To Do With Crests


Over the course of looking at the new specimen of Edmontosaurus (Bell et al., 2014) sporting an odd accretion, I had an epiphany: The “cock’s comb” was, in fact, merely a segment of the neck, falsely and purposely isolated by … Continue reading

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Giving Oviraptorosaurs a Hand


[Caption of this figure is pretty long, so it's placed at the bottom.] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Last year, when dealing with the apparent basal oviraptorid Wulatelong gobiensis (Xu et al., 2013) … Continue reading

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Pterosaur, Inter-Modulated


When Helmut Tischlinger and Eberhard “Dino” Frey team up for a paper, you know it’s gonna be good. Almost certainly, there will be UV involved. The pterosaur fossils of the Solnhofen are especially UV reflective, which brings out obscure or … Continue reading

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The Emaciated Tyrannosaur – a Reply to Ford, 1997


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Better Know a Diet


Everyone eats, everyone consumes. Everything consumes. Regardless of whether you’re a bacterium or a tree or a giant tyrannosaur, organisms consume parts of other things to produce energy to live. Sometimes, those “things” are other organisms. When organisms are sufficiently … Continue reading

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A Skull For Rhamphorhynchus, Part Two


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

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The Scaled Mammal


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

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The Good, the Bad and the Spinosaurus


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

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Adding a Little More


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

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