Hesperornithoides: Frequently Asked Questions

Hesperornithoides: Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve seen many questions raised about our recent publication of the Lori specimen, so here are some responses to the most common queries:

What is this about?

It is my pleasure to introduce Hesperornithoides miessleri, a small paravian theropod from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming.

Where’s the paper? Gimme, gimme!

You can find the scientific publication here: Peerj

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The lip post

The lip post

Well here we go. If you follow me on social media you’ve seen this teased, but I’m putting lips on all my non-beaked non-avian theropod skeletal reconstructions. So much for burying the lede, eh? Ah, but some of you may be wondering why I think they had lips? And what anatomical features I’m using for adding lips and other extra-oral tissues to my skeletal reconstructions? And why I’m doing it now? Let’s dig in to that…

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The lines that divide us

The lines that divide us

No, this isn’t about the ethics of skeletal reconstructions. Instead it’s a look at the hazards of drawing lines in scientific illustration, and something of a justification for the silhouette-bound skeletal drawing. There are some snippets on how to make better skeletal drawings yourself if that’s your thing. And perhaps of greater interest to many readers, it’s background for a major change coming soon to a large chunk of my skeletal drawings…

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The hadrosaur repose of 2018

The hadrosaur repose of 2018

Long-time dinosaur skeletal fans may recall that I undertook a long-term project of reposing all of my skeletals back in 2011. That year I managed to update all of my bipedal skeletals (theropods, “prosauropods” and some of the runtier ornithischians). In 2014 I followed that up by reposing and updating all of my sauropod skeletals. My armored dinosaur skeletals have gotten pose updates in a piecemeal fashion, but today I’m unveiling another major overhaul: Hadrosaurs…

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