Category Archives: Morphometrics

The “Toroceratops” Debate is Entering a New Round!


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Wrench in the Works of Head Attitude


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

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Are Scansoriopterygids Oviraptorosaurs?


Scansoriopterygidae represent one of those bizarre groups of animals that seem to defy simplistic evaluation; there’s always something about them that says “You should compare with that that other group” whenever you look at a part. It doesn’t help that … Continue reading

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Oviraptorid Jaw Muscles Described, Part 4


Wait, you thought we were done? This is a short post, following parts one, two and three. The above image attempts to describe lines of action for major jaw muscles and directions of force (arrows). Jaw protraction and retraction does … Continue reading

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Oviraptorids and Cranial Morphometrics 2: Reloaded


Hot on the heels of my post on how cranial morphometric analyses of theropods end up excluding oviraptorids from them, a new paper ups the ante. (Of course, I do not mean that these papers actively exclude oviraptorids, but rather … Continue reading

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Oviraptorids and Cranial Morphometrics


I’ve been lax in feeding the biomechanics demon [n1] with tasty brain food, and extremely lax in talking about a paper that was published quite some time ago, but is still quite interesting. A new paper from the author (on … Continue reading

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