Tag Archives: Theropods

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

Posted in Morphometrics, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Science Reporting | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Incredulous Teeth, I: With Twin Crests

Here begins a new series. I will be spending some time showcasing the skulls of unusually-dentitioned animals (or showing the peculiar jaws of these animals, specially if they lack teeth). The first of these is Dilophosaurus wetherilli.

Posted in Art, Paleontology, Reconstruction | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Southern Raptors II: Grooves, Cones, and Carinae

When dealing with incompletely preserved or incompletely prepared material, superficial statements are often used to describe a feature so that it can be “assessed” by the readers in some fashion. Take, for example, the following image:

Posted in Paleontology, Science Reporting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Southern Raptors: Not What They Seem

Unenlagiidae is the name commonly used to envelop a small cadre of southern, Gondwana-only theropods. Recently, some papers have been published that cast new perspectives on these taxa, including a review of the group. Some forthcoming papers even concern the … Continue reading

Posted in Biological Comparison, Paleontology, Science Reporting | Tagged , | 6 Comments

A Cretaceous Parrot?

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Spinosaurus – a Hint

So last year, I illustrated a series of vertebrae into a novel arrangement, using a variety of cues to inform my decision. Note that this was done in order peek at a topic I’ve been hashing around in regards to … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Biology, Paleontology | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

Better Know a [Aussie] – The Rainbow Serpent of Oz

L. Frank Baum might roll in his grave if I alluded to gay dinosaurs in Oz. Well, insofar as dinosaurs with rainbow-colored bones from Oz (aka, Australia) might be considered “gay.” But that’s just what Kakuru kujani is … a … Continue reading

Posted in Biological Comparison, Paleontology, Science Reporting | Tagged | 2 Comments

My Friend Dave

Meet Dave:

Posted in Paleontology | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Pubic Orientation — WP#8

One of the more interesting non-dental features of theropod dinosaur evolution is the orientation of the pubis. Historically, it was used to help affirm the transition of the modern bird form from that of particular theropod dinosaurs. Back then, it … Continue reading

Posted in Biological Comparison, Biology, Paleontology, Terminology | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Tooth Denticles — WP#5 (Update)

A few weeks ago, I posted this image: And I asked this question: “One of these is NOT a theropod dinosaur. Can you guess which is which?” After a few weeks, I’m closing this gripping debate:

Posted in Art, Biological Comparison, Paleontology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment