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Category Archives: Reconstruction
A recently completed art project (ostensibly to hone skills and objectively to explore reconstruction ideas) led me through the Ceratopsidae from its beginnings to its end. This was observed on Twitter, where I posted each full piece (at reduced size), … Continue reading
Mama Danger Noodle
Unlike many of the Triassic marine reptiles, this particular beast was of Paleogene age, and represented such a novelty in its discovery. Originally framed as a giant crocodilian, its name, meaning “king lizard of Isis,” reflected the view of many … Continue reading
How am I even supposed to say this name?
A large number of Triassic marine reptiles have similar body plans: A barrel-shaped body, large flippers, short but slender neck, and moderate to small head. This bauplan is useful for many pelagic animals, although most Triassic sediments preserving these are … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Eretmorhipis, Eretmorhipis carroldongi, Hupehsuchia, Restoration and Reconstruction 1 Comment
Recapping the Nightmare Beast
Quite some time ago, I fell in line with the authors in reconstructing the weird Atopodentatus unicus with a particularly Lovecraftian face. I won’t apologize for this reconstruction, I followed the implied anatomy the authors presented and couldn’t distinguish what, … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Atopodentatus, Atopodentatus unicus, Restoration and Reconstruction 4 Comments
Beelzebufo ampinga (Evans, Jones & Krause, 2008) may not be the largest extinct frog, but it was particularly large. Amongst the frogs, it’s amongst the hyperossified members of Ceratophryidae (Hyloidea, Anura) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. There’s not much … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Biology, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Anura, Beelzebufo, Beelzebufo ampinga, Ceratophryidae, Frogs, Hyloidea, Jokes, Pterosaur Quad Launch, Pterosaurs, Sharovipteryx 8 Comments
What Has a Bird’s Head, a Chameleon’s Hands, a Monkey’s Feet, and a Scorpion’s Tail?
If you wondered why I love some peculiar Triassic tetrapods like Longisquama or Sharovipteryx, it’s probably due to the high diversity and degree of questions you can ask about them, and some even provide curious answers. So here’s the answer … Continue reading
Longisquama is too Weird for this World
I might be a little safe with this reconstruction, but it represents a further attempt to clean up and add to the number of controversial archosauromorphs for which few skeletals exist, or whose existence is owed to controversial reconstructors or … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Longisquama, Longisquama insignis, Restoration and Reconstruction 8 Comments
Sharov’s Wing and a Message to My Readers
Sharovipteryx mirabilis is one of those strange animals that entices much yet reveals little. A single specimen is known, presented a partial skeleton with impressions of bones and some skin. Bits of all parts are known, yet very little is … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Ozimek, Ozimek volans, Sharovipteryx, Sharovipteryx mirabilis 8 Comments
Today I step away from something that has occupied my life for … over two decades now. I have no idea if I will ever return. It saved my life when I needed it to, and stepping away is almost … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Biological Comparison, Biology, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Personal, Reconstruction 23 Comments
The Best Little Oviraptorid in Mongolia
The sweaty summers of the mid 1970s give way to cooler climes indoors, as a block of sandstone pulled from the red-and-orange rocks of the Djadokhta Formation in Mongolia’s southern Gobi Desert finds itself in Ulaanbator, the nation’s capital. Initially … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Biology, Biomechanics, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction, Science Reporting, Taphonomy Tagged Citipati, Oviraptoridae, Oviraptorosauria, Theropods, Tongues 5 Comments