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Art is, perhaps, one of the most expensive things I’ve ever done. And yet the process from setting pen or pencil to paper and producing something coherent seems effortless, flawless, quick, and easy. We make it easy, because we’ve had years of training. Patient family, if exasperated, and careful teachers, studious research, and years upon years of not-so-easy toil, practicing, grinding, suffering to be able to draw out leviathan from the page — all this goes into producing something so simple as a line drawing Continue reading
Some time ago, Michael Mortimer posted on his site the idea that the Dzharakuduk avian Kuszholia mengi might actually be an oviraptorosaur! The similarities in the vertebrae (based mostly on sacrals) were starling. But also convergent. Was it? The Dzharakuduk locality has also produced definite jaws of oviraptorosaurs, so the question of whether these jaws and those vertebrae belonged together was raised. Continue reading
Not one to celebrate most holidays, it rarely occurs to me to accommodate others. This holiday season, many of my non-religious friends join in the merriment of their more religious friends, and at the same time family (mostly a-religious or at least not associated with one of the Soltice-based traditions) find themselves enjoying this season because from Thanksgiving onward we found ourselves gathering together. It was a way for some families to find meaning in the season, and we could also take joy in the season’s “traditional” secular festivities. I am talking, of course, of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
I love this movie and its Addams Family-esque approach to normalcy, so for this holiday season I felt what better gift for you all than a joyful skull? In The Nightmare Before Christmas, our hero Jack assembles a parody on Claus’ sled, pulled by reindeer skeletons. So it stood to reason I should gift you all with a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) skull. In festive cheer.
Happy Holidays to you and yours. Enjoy the marvel of this cold-adapted cervid, its never-shedding antlers in both sexes, and its huge honking (but seldom glowing red) nose (Jack had to get a dog to glow for him, which makes much more sense).
Small post here. This one is going to seem incomplete, the title a tease. It’s a premise for more things. But you’ll see where I’m going with this. This concerns the issues of how we look at pterosaurs when they’re walking around on all fours. Continue reading