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Category Archives: Philosophy
The Persistent Melancholy of Oviraptor
Or, what is Oviraptor? Originally described in 1924 by H. F. Osborn on the partial remains of a skeleton including the skull, neck, should, and forelimb, associated with some eggs inferred to belong to a ceratopsian the animal was predating, … Continue reading
The Stocky Dragon
There is much we still do not know about the ancient origins of birds and near-bird animals, dromaeosaurs and troodontids. As we find more specimens of archaeopterygid or scansoriopterygid-like animals, of Anchiornises and what not, the tree becomes more of … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction, Systematics Tagged Avialae, Balaur, Balaur bondoc, Origin of Birds 11 Comments
Really, again? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!
I honestly don’t think I can write any more on how bad Alan Feduccia’s “science” is on the subject of bird origins than I already have, here. Briefly, Dr. Alan Feduccia has teamed up with earstwhile companion in quackery Stephen … Continue reading
Piscivory – Building the Groundwork
I tend to be very generous when it comes to labeling diets. Animals are not perfect boxes to never spill out of their strict defintions, nor are their diets, produced as they are from a variety of different sources. You’ll … Continue reading
Posted in Biology, Philosophy Tagged Better Know a Diet, Piscivory Leave a comment
The Journey of Banguela
The life of a pterosaur cannot be easy. Most occur in places where there is always a larger predator; even the giants Quetzalcoatlus and Hatzegopterus may have co-occurred with other predators that would have seen them as food. From hatching … Continue reading
Posted in Biological Comparison, Paleontology, Science Reporting, Systematics, Taxonomy Tagged Banguela, Banguela oberlii, Nomenclature, Pterosaurs 3 Comments
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
Posted in Art, Biology, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Philosophy, Reconstruction Tagged Facial Reconstruction, Integument, Restoration and Reconstruction 2 Comments
The Scaled Mammal
Today is World Pangolin Day; a day to reflect on the endangered, but also incredibly interesting and special nature of this mammal (here’s Dr. John Hutchinson of What’s in John’s Freezer on the many peculiarities of pangolins). The pangolin, Manis … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Biology, Philosophy, Reconstruction Tagged Edentulousness, Jaws, Mammals, Manis, Pangolins, World Pangolin Day 2 Comments
What happens when you shrink-wrap a dinosaur? Well, first, you get something like the famous Ely Kish hadrosaurs: But of late, some degree of scientific accuracy has forced paleontological reconstruction to get a little more … realistic. We now tend … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleontology, Philosophy, Reconstruction Tagged Oviraptorids, Restoration and Reconstruction 9 Comments
All Your Guessing Games
What? Another All Your Yesterdays mention? Sorta. You remember when I asked you all what this might be? Someone got the right answer, although I’d love to speculate how they came about it. I have a clue, and it might … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Biology, Paleontology, Philosophy, Reconstruction Tagged All Yesterdays, Facial Reconstruction, Oviraptorosaurs, Speculation 12 Comments