Tag Archives: Diet

Wherein I attempt a bit of humor

A recent paper (Pahl & Ruedas, in press at this time) suggested that large carnosaurs from the Morrison Formation would have preferrentially or obligately been scavengers, but because they were also the largest theropods of the region, they would have … Continue reading

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Facial Expressions

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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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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Better Know a Diet

Everyone eats, everyone consumes. Everything consumes. Regardless of whether you’re a bacterium or a tree or a giant tyrannosaur, organisms consume parts of other things to produce energy to live. Sometimes, those “things” are other organisms. When organisms are sufficiently … Continue reading

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Long-Awaited Responses, and Orpheus

In a little while, you dear reader will see what this is a part of. If you know what these are, then you’ll know what they have in common and thus why they’re being shown. But the answer isn’t tricky: … Continue reading

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Oviraptorid Jaw Muscles Described, Part 2

In the last post, I discussed the one jaw to cranium muscle that isn’t a depressor that bears on its mechanics (m. depressor mandibular, or mDM) and the palatal and psuedotemporal groups of muscles (m. pterygoideus and m. psuedotemporalis, respectively). … Continue reading

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Placodonts Are Also Cool

As I mentioned in another post on placodonts, these armored, vaguely turtle-like archosauromorphans can get pretty odd. Most investigation of placodont biology has been superficial, which is to say exterior examination or at the least histological work on the limb … Continue reading

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More Eaters of Ammonites

I posted earlier my initial skull reconstruction of the durophagous mosasaur Globidens dakotensis (here), but it occurs to me that I’ve not done so to the updated version of the skull that now appears on the banner above, and I … Continue reading

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Osborn Was Right

I am not going to go into too much detail with this post. Following recent discussion on the applicability of blogs as distributors of information, I am going to try a tactic whereby I outline an argument I’ve been cultivating … Continue reading

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Dromaeosaurs are Terrestrial Hawks

Denver Fowler and colleagues have just published a series of papers dealing with the reconstruction of predatory behavior as indicated by the proportions, curvature, and anatomy of the pes in theropod dinosaurs. They began this study investigating birds, and the … Continue reading

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