Tag Archives: Theropods

Muscles and Style


Look at the surface of an animal, you will see what the animal looks like. Look beneath the surface, you will see why it looks that way. I’ve done a few musculature studies of fossil animals over the years, and … 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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I’m Just Gonna Leave These Here….


In the interests of open sourcing, the following skeletal reconstructions and descriptions are CC-BY. This means they are entirely open-access, and you may do whatever you wish with them so long as you attribute the material to me. You do … Continue reading

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SVP in North Carolina — Maybe Next Year, in LA


This year’s annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) just recently ended, with from what I hear was another smashing banquet and after-party. Most people usually get smashed in one way or another Saturday night as the banquet … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaurus Publicity


There’s a trope in media whereby using a famous figure for advertisement, viewers have a tendency to associate that figure instead of anything the advertisement might actually contain. Celebrity sells. In American comics, for example, this is called “Wolverine Publicity,” … Continue reading

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The Squirrel Imitator


Ok, so I get why Oliver Rauhut and crew named their new theropod dinosaur, a purported megalosauroid, Sciurumimus albersdoerferi. It has all the appreciative charm of being cute, fluffy, and the specimen is preserved with its tail up and over … 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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