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Category Archives: Paleobiology
Here’s the skull of the anurognathid Anurognathus ammoni. This guy appears on the banner above — occasionally — to which I’ve granted nice, long filamentous integument, especially in front of the eyes. And there’s not a whole lot in front … Continue reading
As we dig deeper into the past and our investigative techniques broaden and our perspectives with it, biological aspects of ancient life become more and more interesting. Of the most visual of these is the presence of non-scaly integument in … Continue reading
In the previous two posts (part 1 here, part 2 here), I discussed the shapes and sizes of the muscles and their origins and insertions of the oviraptorid skull. I deigned to provide the basis of the muscles mapped to … Continue reading
So, there’s a little something interesting that popped up while doing research on the systematics of pterosaurs. First, There’s not a whole lot we know about the skulls of a particular group of pterosaurs, the Chaoyangopteridae; and second, there may … Continue reading
I am not an expert on oviraptorids, cranial anatomy in dinosaurs, jaw function in tetrapods, or any other thing, really. I’m just a dude who likes oviraptorids so much he started trying to learn how to figure out what they … Continue reading
In my last post, I presented an image representing an oviraptorid with the head essentially completely and distinctly fleshed out. This is partly the culmination of examining likely tissues based on skull-only analogues. Some additional suggestions were made based on … Continue reading
As I mentioned in another post on placodonts, these armored, vaguely turtle-like archosauromorphans can get pretty odd. Most investigation of placodont biology has been superficial, which is to say exterior examination or at the least histological work on the limb … Continue reading
I posted earlier my initial skull reconstruction of the durophagous mosasaur Globidens dakotensis (here), but it occurs to me that I’ve not done so to the updated version of the skull that now appears on the banner above, and I … Continue reading
There is something exciting about thinking about Masiakasaurus knopfleri. It’s not just the name’s tip of the hat to Dire Straights’ lead guitar and frontman, Mark Knopfler, or the becoming-more-prevalent use of local language to name the animal (masiaka means … Continue reading