Tag Archives: Birds

The Skimmer, Exploded


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

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Pneumatic Air Sacs in Dinosaurs


Following all that work I’ve been doing on anatomy in oviraptorids, it should not come as a surprise that I am looking for ways to effectively represent this amassed data in digestible chunks. I don’t always want to write novellas … Continue reading

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Reconstruction Deconstruction


As an artist, I view the world through an interpretive lens, not merely how I might depict a thing or what reaction I might get, but how I might see things in different lights; one has to be a little … Continue reading

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More Bird Jaws…


A quick post, on what I would prefer to be a “big post” day, due to focus on my oviraptorid study and other projects (but still about jaws and stuff). This one is also about jaws  — surprise! — in … 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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The Beak is NOT a Lie


The turtles and birds are the only living archosaurian animals today with a “beak,” a keratinized rhamphotheca covering the margins of the jaw [n1]. These features are associated with a lack of teeth, which has caused a question of correlation: … Continue reading

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Dromaeosaurs are Terrestrial Hawks


Denver Fowler and colleagues have just published a series of papers dealing with the reconstruction of predatory behavior as indicated by the proportions, curvature, and anatomy of the pes in theropod dinosaurs. They began this study investigating birds, and the … Continue reading

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Were There European Oviraptorosaurs?


You may have heard of this in a few sites recently, most notably at Darren Naish’s Tetrapod Zoology. If you haven’t, check it out along with Matt Martynuik’s take on what kind of animal Darren is talking about, which is … Continue reading

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A Cretaceous Parrot?


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A Mess of Archaeopteryx – WP#4


With two new studies on Archaeopteryx in the news, I thought I’d share my piece on them, by way of introducing my Archaeopteryx Mural. Based on detailed examination of (unfortunately) photographs, I’ve managed to look at, measure, and compare each … Continue reading

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