Tag Archives: Oviraptoridae

The Best Little Oviraptorid in Mongolia


The sweaty summers of the mid 1970s give way to cooler climes indoors, as a block of sandstone pulled from the red-and-orange rocks of the Djadokhta Formation in Mongolia’s southern Gobi Desert finds itself in Ulaanbator, the nation’s capital. Initially … Continue reading

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The Best Little Oviraptorid in Mongolia – Preview


As I wrote waaaay back in February of 2012 (damn!), my previous versions of the skeleton of the oviraptorid known as Citipati sp., or GIN 100/42 (or, simply “100/42”) were improperly scaled, improperly drawn, etc. Lots of errors, little means … Continue reading

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Not Another One…


Seriously, you get into a blogging funk and get all busy at home life and someone comes along to publish a new oviraptorid from Southern China … as if there weren’t enough of those already to deal with. And as … Continue reading

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A Phylogenetic Prediction


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The Changeling – The Analysis


So we come to the home stretch. Wulatelong gobiensis was named by Xu Xing, Lü Jun-chang and colleagues, and incorporates a peculiar array of caenagnathid and oviraptorid characters. My previous perspectives focused on the foot (preserved hinting at a hyperextensible … Continue reading

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Pneumatic Air Sacs in Dinosaurs


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

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Peel Back the Layers


A while back I started a project in which I would reconstruct an ancient animal layer by layer, moving from various organ systems using some degrees of inference to make sure these organs are correctly aligned, and perhaps correctly sized. … Continue reading

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