Tag Archives: Diet

What Carbon Has To Do With It


This may go under the radar, so I consider it opportune to mention it. While it doesn’t directly consider fossil archosaurs in any fashion, or a ridiculously over-hyped but very popular group of bird-stem archosaurs, the study at hand does … Continue reading

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For A Few Spinosaurus More


As I intimated earlier — and to quote Monty Python — the holotype of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has ceased to be.

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The Next Step


While discussing lips in theropod dinosaurs is easy, and a bit dinosaur-centric (what about lips in nondinosaurian archosaurs?!), there are two major elements of the dinosaury that bear understanding: First, that ornithischians present an additional hurdle to overcome when discussing … Continue reading

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The Hypothetical Noasaur


I suggested once that I would produce a reconstruction of a noasaurid skull, based on new material from the Maeverano Formation of Madagascar (Masiakasaurus knopfleri), but I haven’t got around to it. While catching a recording of TVs latest pseudo-scientific … Continue reading

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Incredulous Teeth, IV: Triassic Palate Mashers


Placodonts are by far one of the most interesting if less diverse clades of Triassic sauropterygian (a group including the far more diverse plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs). These taxa include the relative basal Placodus and Paraplacodus, but the more interesting taxa … Continue reading

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Incredulous Teeth, II: The Many Similar Teeth of Zanabazar


Zanabazar junior is a troodontid, named for famed Mongolian Öndör Geγeen Zanabazar (Өндөр Гэгээн Занабазар), an icon who brought Buddhism to the Mongols from the north from China. The name is translated from Mongolian as “known-vigor” and is derived from … Continue reading

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Diet in Oviraptorosaurs VII – Measuring the Mandible: Part 3, Measuring Points


It is finally time to figure out where good and useful places are to measure. We’re going to be doing this twice, and use these points to show HOW orienting our mandible changes things. My previous entries on this series … Continue reading

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Diet in Oviraptorosaurs VII – Measuring the Mandible: Part 1, Alignment


It’s been a while since I’ve added to my overarching plan to describe the diet of oviraptorosaurs, and now is time to continue. But first,

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Southern Raptors II: Grooves, Cones, and Carinae


When dealing with incompletely preserved or incompletely prepared material, superficial statements are often used to describe a feature so that it can be “assessed” by the readers in some fashion. Take, for example, the following image:

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Better Know a [Crocbeak] – Macelognathus and Hallopus


When unusual crocs show up, take notice; they’re becoming less rare and we study more, but this doesn’t mean we know more about them, just more of them. Here, I will talk about one fascinating case, the small Morrison crocs … Continue reading

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