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Category Archives: Terminology
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
Following all that work I’ve been doing on anatomy in oviraptorids, it should not come as a surprise that I am looking for ways to effectively represent this amassed data in digestible chunks. I don’t always want to write novellas … Continue reading
Dr. Paul Sereno hasn’t published much in the last few years. Apparently the reason is because he just finished a monograph on Heterodontosauridae … a real monster at 225 pages. I haven’t the time to review this yet, but there’s … Continue reading
It’s kinda of a mystery, and I’m not sure I can solve it, but…
New news of a new newsworthy theropod dinosaur in the presses. It’s not published in paper yet, although the journal has it available (free) on its website. Because it’s not published (on paper) I will refrain from discussing the taxon … Continue reading
Interdental plates represent another feature of variation in the dental row, and one generally taken for granted by most researchers, and the following illustration represents a crude way to encapsulate some of the variation that occurs in archosaurs. Because interdental … Continue reading
This is the second “Precision in Terminology” post Tetrapods generally have only a few ways to affix teeth to their tooth-bearing bones. While most of you readers may be familiar with socket-toothed implantation (thecodonty), the range of dental attachment varies … Continue reading
Teeth in jaws are generally graded by a useage of “heterodonty” versus one of “non-heterodonty.” In some groups, teeth that are actually identical in two spectra (form and size) are termed isodont (literally, “same tooth”) and could reasonably pass for … Continue reading