Thursday, 26 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Marc Vincent, over at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs, has just blogged about the book Purnell's Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. Mark commented about the above image as "....gorgeous" and I have to agree.
This version comes from the book Prehistoric Animals by Ellis Owen - published by Octopus, and features many of the same models and dioramas. I figured Mark might like to see this particular edit - a widescreen version - since it features a herd of mammoths(?) in the background and displays a slightly different aspect from his version. Pretty cool.
Friday, 13 April 2012
A look at a few recently published papers now. Just lately I appear to have been quite lucky with my choice of posts since, on a couple of occasions, no sooner have I published or am about to publish than, lo and behold, another subject related paper is released. Sometimes this appears to vindicate or agree with what you believe and sometimes it makes you completely re-evaluate and reassess your line of thinking. Either way, it is another indication of how fast things move in today’s palaeoworld and it is always, but always interesting.
|Acrocanthosaurus femora from D'Emic et al 2012|
D'Emic, Michael D., Melstrom, Keegan M., Eddy, Drew R., Paleobiology and geographic range of the large-bodied Cretaceous theropod dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2012), doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.03.003.
Friday, 6 April 2012
One of the most striking observations of the skeletal anatomy of tyrannosaurids and abelisaurids is the proportionate size of the scapulocoracoid in relation to the rest of the forelimb. It looks almost absurd and, for me, the fact that there is virtually no contact between the scapula itself and any other articulating bone is always of interest. Indeed the scapula appears to be almost suspended in mid-body virtually independent of the skeletal structure except for its union with the coracoid which, in turn, is an essential component of the pectoral girdle.
|From Burch & Carrano 2012|