Tag Archives: Theropods

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 Outlaw Spino Saurus

There’s been a lot of news now about Thursday’s (Sep. 11, 2014) publication on a new specimen attributed to Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. A lot of hype rose up months back about the release of  a photo of a mount of some … Continue reading

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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

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The Good, the Bad and the Spinosaurus

So, after about a year I figured I’d get around to completing this. Truth was, I got distracted by other research, personal stuff, and little motivation to work on the project I was doing this is connected to. Namely, I … Continue reading

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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

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SVP in North Carolina — Maybe Next Year, in LA

This year’s annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) just recently ended, with from what I hear was another smashing banquet and after-party. Most people usually get smashed in one way or another Saturday night as the banquet … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaurus Publicity

There’s a trope in media whereby using a famous figure for advertisement, viewers have a tendency to associate that figure instead of anything the advertisement might actually contain. Celebrity sells. In American comics, for example, this is called “Wolverine Publicity,” … Continue reading

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