Tag Archives: Oviraptorids

The Changeling – The Foot


Let’s get the most interesting part out of the way first. The holotype and only described specimen for the new oviraptorid Wulatelong gobiensis (Xu et al., 2013) preserves a nearly complete pes with a hyperextended second toe. This may be … Continue reading

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Oviraptorid Jaw Muscles Described, Part 3


In the previous two posts (part 1 here, part 2 here), I discussed the shapes and sizes of the muscles and their origins and insertions of the oviraptorid skull. I deigned to provide the basis of the muscles mapped to … Continue reading

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Oviraptorid Jaw Muscles Described, Part 1


Here follows a small, basic and minor depiction of the jaw muscles of an oviraptorid, largely specifically based on landmarks provided by the extant phylogenetic bracket (EPB) but also informed by examining for cranial landmarks in which these muscles typically … Continue reading

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Deep Breath Now….


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If I Told You I Don’t Think About Oviraptorids All the Time, Would You Believe Me?


I am not an expert on oviraptorids, cranial anatomy in dinosaurs, jaw function in tetrapods, or any other thing, really. I’m just a dude who likes oviraptorids so much he started trying to learn how to figure out what they … Continue reading

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Oviraptorid Head Tissues Described


In my last post, I presented an image representing an oviraptorid with the head essentially completely and distinctly fleshed out. This is partly the culmination of examining likely tissues based on skull-only analogues. Some additional suggestions were made based on … 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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Freakishly Awesome


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Oviraptorids and Cranial Morphometrics 2: Reloaded


Hot on the heels of my post on how cranial morphometric analyses of theropods end up excluding oviraptorids from them, a new paper ups the ante. (Of course, I do not mean that these papers actively exclude oviraptorids, but rather … Continue reading

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Oviraptorids and Cranial Morphometrics


I’ve been lax in feeding the biomechanics demon [n1] with tasty brain food, and extremely lax in talking about a paper that was published quite some time ago, but is still quite interesting. A new paper from the author (on … Continue reading

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