Facial Expressions

Models for "cheeks" in Ornithischia.How many faces do I have?

The various and many ways to make a “cheek,” and the various facial tissues for which we have primary (preserved remains) and secondary (inferred) evidence for, in fossil sauropsidans. (These images are CC-BY-ND-NC. Please don’t take them without permission.)

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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

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A Question of Money

As time goes on, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep progress on the website and handle my own day to day, so the blogging has diminished and even time to research and start work on the process of education and material access — which leads into research and oddly money — fades. To that end I am looking at two forms of outreach and resource gathering:

My skimmer skull in skimming style, from the Redbubble capture of how it looks on a shirt.

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A Mystery of Caenagnathidae

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

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A Look Back at the Bite Stuff, 2014 Edition

Another year over, and a new one’s about to begin.

It’s the [western] new year, and it’s been a little more bumpy than normal. Big things happened! I blogged less, but the blogging was more radical. Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

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.

Still from The Nightmare Before Christmas @1993 Touchstone Pictures, Inc. Image stolen brazenly from “Why ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a Christmas Movie” by Rachel Ganzewinkel (2011). Click image for link.

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.

'Tis the season ... for skulls!

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).

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Shell Crushing Pterosaurs and Bad Posture

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

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