Category Archives: Science Reporting

Anzū is Here


In 1998 and 1999 two skeletons were collected from the badlands of the Great Plains of South Dakota, USA. Discovered by Fred Nuss barely 80m apart, they would go on to be one of the most intriguing and strong denizens … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sure That Name Is Appropriate


Behold what will soon be published as “Atopodentatus unicus” [n1]:

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Jaws, Jaws, and More Jaws!


Just a summary, without much in the way of commentary, until I have a chance to more thoroughly engage these papers: 1. The Beak Bites Back

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Oviraptorids of Southern China


(This is a brief post. I am still working on other projects, and new stuff that interests me keeps coming out!) Eventually, a review topic will have to be done to work on these guys. There are now quite a … Continue reading

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The “Toroceratops” Debate is Entering a New Round!


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A Fanboyish Squee Goes Out To…


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Two Tales


Birds can have resplendent tails. Wonderful arrangements and bizarre shapes. We may all be familiar with the lyrebird, whose male’s lateral tail feathers (retrices) have been modified from their typical planar vaned structure into a pair of curly feathers bracing … Continue reading

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Not Another One…


Seriously, you get into a blogging funk and get all busy at home life and someone comes along to publish a new oviraptorid from Southern China … as if there weren’t enough of those already to deal with. And as … Continue reading

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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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Raptorex is Doomed


… or at least its reputation is. It is becoming more clear that whatever morphological distinctiveness lies at the heart of the animal we’ve come to know and love/hate as Raptorex kriegsteini (Sereno et al., 2009), its identity is going … Continue reading

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