|North America during the Campanian|
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
|The holotype of Thalattosaurus|
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Last week, the world was stunned by a new paper by Baron, Norman & Barrett (2017) that challenged Seeley's 130-year-old dichotomy of the Dinosauria. No longer were Saurischia and Ornithischia neatly separated. Instead, ornithischians were the sister group of theropods in a united Ornithoscelida, and sauropodomorpha (which now included Herrerasauridae as its most basal member) were spun off on their own in a weirdly lonesome Saurischia.
I spent several days writing a very lengthy post about this subject, as I considered it interesting and important. I also haven't really found the thesis statement for my WIP article on thalattosaurs.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
|Silesaurus opolensis, by Scott Hartman--used with permission.|
Thursday, November 17, 2016
|Alas, this is the biggest size I could find for this image.|
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
|Illustration by "Stocktrek Images, Inc."|
Friday, July 29, 2016
|A gorgeous new specimen of Hupehsuchus (ZMNH M8127).|
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I think we’re all familiar with the work of one Dr. Mark P. Witton.
If you follow Mesozoic paleontology at all, you’ve probably read some of his papers (this one among many others) and you probably own his wonderful Pterosaurs book. Perhaps you even visited his inspiring 2010 pterosaur show in London. I have to imagine you read his excellent paleo-blog, too.
Heck, maybe you’ve met him at SVP, perhaps back in 2009, when mutual friend Julia Heathcote introduced you but you were too intimidated and tongue-tied to say anything intelligent. I can tell you, from that brief encounter, that Dr. Mark P. Witton is the only person I’ve ever known who can successfully pull of an ascot.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Sometimes you read a paper about a new fossil animal and just shake your head in disbelief. That was the posture I adopted back in 2014, when Atopodentatus unicus was unveiled to the world in the pages of Naturissenchaften. It’s a pretty good-sized marine reptile with a long tail and body, stout limbs, and a very small skull. From the neck down, this is a pretty nondescript critter that, according to its description, seems to have a close relationship with the Sauropterygia.
Monday, February 29, 2016
You may not remember, but I've briefly mentioned Saurosphargids before. In my hupehsuchian primer (that old chestnut), I tossed their name into the list of Triassic reptiles that were trying to make a name for themselves in a marine environment--perhaps to avoid becoming dinner for such the vicious rauisuchian pseudosuchians that were prowling the terrestrial environments. After doing some research, it turns out they are obscure to a fault--nobody's heard of them and there appear to be only four technical papers devoted to them. This should be an easy one, folks! Strap in and enjoy the ride. And stick around 'til the end for some fantastic art from Ethan freakin' Kocak of "The Black Mudpuppy" fame.