Category Archives: Biology

A Short Piece on Piscivores – Not All The Same


So you think you know a piscivore if you saw one? Not so fast. Take a look: Piscivores come in a large array of sizes and morphologies. Not all have teeth. Some are slender-snouted, others broad. What mostly defines a … Continue reading

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Whether Shrink-wrapping


Shrink-wrapping is a process by which a thin film is stretched taut over an object. The closer the film to the object, the tighter the two conform. The term applies the same way when it comes to paleontological reconstruction of … Continue reading

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What To Do With Crests – Updated


Yesterday — on April 1st, which is about as warning bells as they come — I uploaded a post with a host of new art. This post is as much an admission that that post, somewhat subtly, is a joke. … Continue reading

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What To Do With Crests


Over the course of looking at the new specimen of Edmontosaurus (Bell et al., 2014) sporting an odd accretion, I had an epiphany: The “cock’s comb” was, in fact, merely a segment of the neck, falsely and purposely isolated by … Continue reading

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Giving Oviraptorosaurs a Hand


[Caption of this figure is pretty long, so it’s placed at the bottom.] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Last year, when dealing with the apparent basal oviraptorid Wulatelong gobiensis (Xu et al., 2013) … Continue reading

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Pterosaur, Inter-Modulated


When Helmut Tischlinger and Eberhard “Dino” Frey team up for a paper, you know it’s gonna be good. Almost certainly, there will be UV involved. The pterosaur fossils of the Solnhofen are especially UV reflective, which brings out obscure or … Continue reading

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The Emaciated Tyrannosaur – a Reply to Ford, 1997


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