Tag Archives: Oviraptorids

A Phylogenetic Prediction


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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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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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