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Tag Archives: Ornithischians
A Brief Moment in Kulinda
Not that long ago, a new fossil locality was discovered in Kulinda, Chita (Chininskaya Oblast), Russia, and it has the potential to confirm a recent hypothesis: that the filamentous integument of many theropods, found apparently in some ceratopsian dinosaurs, may … Continue reading
Posted in Biology, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Science Reporting, Taphonomy, Taxonomy Tagged Daurosaurus, Feathers, Filaments, Integument, Kulindadromeus, Kulindapteryx, Lepidocheirosaurus, Ornithischians, Russia, TLS 13 Comments
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.)
Posted in Art, Biological Comparison, Biology, Biomechanics, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Birds, Cheeks in Dinosaurs, Diet, Integument, Lips, Lizards and Snakes, Ornithischians, Uromastyx 7 Comments
What Else Happened? I – The Dawn Dryosaur
Ignoring Spinosaurus for now, paleontology came up with a few other announcements in the last few weeks. Some pterosaurs (gotta love them) but also non-theropod dinosaurs! They do exist, they are interesting, but they receive much less press. Over the … Continue reading
Muscles and Style
Look at the surface of an animal, you will see what the animal looks like. Look beneath the surface, you will see why it looks that way. I’ve done a few musculature studies of fossil animals over the years, and … Continue reading
Recrowning the Unicorn
Tsintaosaurus spinorhinus [n1] is infamously known as the “unicorn” of hadrosaurs, a lambeosaurine (tsintaosaurin, from Tsintaosaurini) hadrosaurid with a single elongated, solid bony spike protruding from its forehead. The skull was never complete, but it wouldn’t matter, as the diversity … Continue reading
I’m Just Gonna Leave These Here….
In the interests of open sourcing, the following skeletal reconstructions and descriptions are CC-BY. This means they are entirely open-access, and you may do whatever you wish with them so long as you attribute the material to me. You do … Continue reading
So, What If Ornithischians Did Have “Cheeks”?
I will not go into too much detail, because I want to work on the analytical part of this more in depth. I started my inquiry into the structure of jaw anatomy in ornithischians roughly about the same time that … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Cheeks, Jaws, Ornithischians 6 Comments
Dinosaurs of the Morrison Had No Lips … or Did They?
Just a minor post. I wanted to present a portion of a larger project on attempting to illustrate typical dinosaurs (especially ornithischians), and I thought “What better method than that well-sampled and intriguing Morrison Formation and its remarkable diversity?” So … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction Tagged Beaks, Integument, Ornithischians 4 Comments
The Demon of the Chinle
Very rarely do you get to just shove your hand deep into the Mythology Pool and pull out a name like Daemonosaurus.
Posted in Paleontology, Science Reporting Tagged Dinosaur origins, Dinosaurs, Ornithischians 1 Comment
When Flat-Head Met Dome-y
One of the most interesting aspects of ornithischian phylogeny has been (alongside whether heterodontosaurs are ornithopods or whatever) is the nature of many pachycephalosaur taxa. Recently, Schott et al. (2003) have done some great detective work in nailing down what … Continue reading
Posted in Paleontology, Science Reporting, Taxonomy Tagged ontogeny, Ornithischians, Pachycephalosaurs 6 Comments