Tag Archives: Restoration and Reconstruction

What To Do With Crests


Over the course of looking at the new specimen of Edmontosaurus (Bell et al., 2014) sporting an odd accretion, I had an epiphany: The “cock’s comb” was, in fact, merely a segment of the neck, falsely and purposely isolated by … Continue reading

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The Emaciated Tyrannosaur – a Reply to Ford, 1997


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Long-Awaited Responses, and Orpheus


In a little while, you dear reader will see what this is a part of. If you know what these are, then you’ll know what they have in common and thus why they’re being shown. But the answer isn’t tricky: … Continue reading

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Something About Overbites


Some animals have overbites. it’s fairly common enough that animals (and humans) are born where the upper and lower dentition do not precisely match. Sometimes this alignment can be severe and affects diet. Other times, it is hardly noticeable. But … Continue reading

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Adding a Little More


Sometimes I’m a bit lazy in my stippling of skulls, and try to be loose about details, and this is generally true when the target is pretty tiny. In the case of my cookiecutter shark stipple (if you can find … Continue reading

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Wrapping It Up


It’s the end of the [Western] year, and the holiday season is underway. With this, I will leave the year off unless something comes up with my version of a reconstruction of Edmonotosaurus regalis (actually, Edmontosaurus annectens) rendered via a … Continue reading

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Skin Deep


What happens when you shrink-wrap a dinosaur? Well, first, you get something like the famous Ely Kish hadrosaurs: But of late, some degree of scientific accuracy has forced paleontological reconstruction to get a little more … realistic. We now tend … Continue reading

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Wrench in the Works of Head Attitude


The orientation of the head for standardized anatomical comparison is important for biological and paleontological analysis. It influences anatomical direction, description, the relationship of soft-tissue, study of behaviors such as feeding by the orientation of muscles versus gravity, and so … Continue reading

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Guessing Game 2


So here’s a follow-up game for my post on Masiakasaurus knopfleri, which I produced a pair of illustrations: One showcased the obvious identity of the animal, the other obscured it. I used the petty trick of trying to flesh out … Continue reading

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A Skull Reconstruction for Daemonosaurus


Recall my earlier post on Daemonosaurus chauliodus. At the time, I thought this was a pretty silly dinosaur to provide a reconstruction for, since for the most part I agreed with the authors’ reconstruction, it matched the skull as i … Continue reading

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