My Top Ten Paleontological Stories of 2014I've been thinking about this for a while. So I made one of my own. 2014 has been an impressive year for paleontology. But I think these are the best. This list includes published data AND unpublished data. NOTE: NONE of the images used here belong to me. They belong to their rightful owners. One image is scribbled on by me.My Top Ten Paleontological Stories of 20143 months ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE: I accidentally included an extra entry even though their should be ten. I chose to remove my least favorite on this list which in this case is Qianzhousaurus. Sorry Qianzhousaurus.
10. Nanuqsaurus-From The North Came The Furry Tyrannosaurs
Disappointed about Raptorex and (probably) Nanotyrannus? No worry! We have another pygmy Tyrannosaurid and this time it ISN'T a juvenile of a known species (or unknown in the case of Raptorex). Nanuqsaurus holds the distinction of being the northern most Tyrannosaurid and for being unusually small. It is also likely that it had feathers due to it's location and smal
The presence of feathers in Dinosauria in 6 pointsThis is the long awaited post for my point of view on this question. I finally finished it inspired by the recent post of the deviantartist karkajou1993.The presence of feathers in Dinosauria in 6 points3 years ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: Now there is an updated and corrected blog post of this entry! Check it out: http://ktboundary-smnt2000.blogspot.it/#!/2013/01/the-presence-of-feathers-in-dinosauria.html
EDIT 2: the blog version has been updated with some new infos after an interesting post by Matt Martyniuk (link: http://dinogoss.blogspot.it/2013/09/youre-doing-it-wrong-dino-foot-scales.html). Go to read it!
1 - The ancestor of Dinosauria is feathered. Now we have proof that feathers were present both in theropods (Sinosauropteryx, Epidexipteryx, Velociraptor, Beipiaosaurus, Dilong, Anchiornis, etc..) other than ornithischians (Tianyulong, Psittacosaurus). Even i
Feathered Cryolophosaurus? Not so...I have yet seen many more things, now I'll address another: Feathered Cryolophosaurus.Feathered Cryolophosaurus? Not so...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
One is shown below:
It's nothing but overenthusiastic speculation by feather lovers.
First of all, no actual evidence of feathers have been found outside Coelurosauria. Carnotaurus, the only non-coelurosaurian with known skin impressions, shows scales.
Now, the alledged dilophosaurian feathers may be brought up. Well, that's only a loose interpretation from a possible dilophosaurid imprint, no actual fossil evidence of dilophosaurian integument of any kind has been found and confirmed.
Then, in a last resort, the notion of pterosaur pycnofibres being homologues to coelurosaurian feathers may be brought up. That's just baseless speculation, just like the commonly alleged Tyrannosaurus sexual dimorphism. There is no evidence of pterosaurian pycnofibres being homologous to dinosaurian integument.
If they were, one would expect to see feathered Carnotaurus, feathered sauropodomorphs, and large feathered
Color study of ichthyosaurFor the book "Monsterøglene på Svalbard" I did a lot of anatomy studies and sketches on the main characters, the ichthyosaurs. Here is one on color. In the end, we chose a more sober color (black greyish and white). It would be fun to make some paintings with more colorful animals some day though.Color study of ichthyosaur1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Top Palaeontological Discoveries of 20144 months ago i made a journal entry on the top 5 dinosaur discoveries of 2014:Top Palaeontological Discoveries of 20144 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now i feel that it kind off needs an update, so here it is, the top 10 palaeontological discoveries (in my mind) of 2014, keep in mind that this has been a great year for dinosaur discoveries in general, and everything might not make the list
And since i really do like dinosaurs, there is a high chance that most of the list will be about dinosaurs and almost certainly mostly about reptiles, since i´m more involved in the dinosaur "community" than that of other clades.
10. A prehistoric whale graveyard
A mass graveyard with fossilized whales covering a period of 10000 years (and at least four separate stranding events) has been unearthed in Chile. These baleen whales were probably stranded sometime between 10 and 9 million years ago.
Oh neat, fuzz-covered ornithiscians!For those of you artists who don't follow every last Facebook update on dinosaurs, I thought I's pass along this link. It describes Kulindadromeus, a Jurassic ornithischian from Siberia that is covered in a combination of scales AND fuzz. While it will probably take a while to develop a proper scientific consensus as to whether these are truly feather-like structures, elaborate scales, or some other epidermal structure, the take home message for you is that dinofuzz can now be inferred to be possible in essentially all dinosaurs. And furthermore Kulindadromeus has a scaly, dare I say almost rat-like tail to go along with its fuzz. So apparently the idea that dinosaurs couldn't contain both scales and fuzz is also incorrect (whether this applies to true feathers is not yet known).Oh neat, fuzz-covered ornithiscians!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Beautiful fecesCoprolites (petrified feces) are fantastic fossils (that's why I have one on my own) they can tell you something about the feeding, the digestion and sometimes even about the DNA of the animal which produced it, oh and they can tell you in addition much about the habitat this animal lived in. But in most cases we have little idea which species they are belong too. That's not the case in an recent study from Argentinia where the paleontologists describe the oldest known communal latrines. Thankfully they are preserved good enough to make it very probably that the animal which produced these big amount of shit was a kannemeyeriiform dicynodont. Some individuals were even found beside their last turb.Beautiful feces1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Communal latrines are often important parts of an more complex social structure not only for aniamls but also for humans (the old romans tend to do business at such places). Communal latrines are a strong evidence for a herding behavior and are today maybe best known from Alpakas and th
No surprise, soft-tissue display organs in dinos!A recent discovery of a potential* "cockscomb" in the relatively plain (at least in its skeleton features) Edmontosaurus seems to have taken the world by surprise. I am a bit perplexed. Not to be a downer on the importance of the discovery, but at least some bloggers, journalists, etc. (even good ones) are acting like this is unexpected.No surprise, soft-tissue display organs in dinos!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Edmontosaurus specimen with "cocksomb"
The fact of the matter is that living archosaurs (crocodilians and avians) both have soft-tissue display structures like wattles, caruncles, etc. In fact, we should be surprised if we found NO dinosaur fossils with soft-tissue display structures, considering their relative ubiquity in modern organisms. So this discovery (should it be validated by further analysis) should not be such a shock I'm afraid. And people who make exaggerated "all-your-dinosaurs-are-wrong" type statements should be ridiculed. We already knew our dinosaur reconstructions are likely to
Please let it be true (oh... and it is)A few happy annoucements:Please let it be true (oh... and it is)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The new Utahraptor material seems to be not far from Publishing
Emily Willoughby tried a first roconstruction based on an silhouette of Scott Hartmann, so far it looks fantastic and thanks to an surprising short tail and an, for dromaeosaurs, unique dentition Utahraptor will be a really awesome animal when the paper is out.
But it seems that there is now a new picture of the new Utahraptor.
Julius Csotonyi will publish soon a own Paleoart-book (Yeah, our genre expand) and a preview on WIRED shows some of the most interesting Pictures.
Inter alia there is a wonderful Image of several Utahraptors in different growth stages. The text below suggest something awesome: "This image endeavors to restore some of the events leading to the creation of a large block of highly fossiliferous sandstone (containing Utahraptor over a range of ontogenetic stages and Hippodraco) from the Cretaceous in what is now Utah." http://www.wired.com/2014/04/d
The Art of Brian Engh.A.K.A. Historian Himself .The Art of Brian Engh.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I found this creative artist and unusual rapper a few years ago, and saw his work as refreshing. His ideas about dinosaurs and the themes in his songs full of harmonious nature concepts, beautiful flamboyant imagery and Kaiju like “Earth Beasts”. But enough about me drooling over his creations, here is some of his paleo-art .
Releasing my ModelsAs per many people's request, I'm thinking about releasing by models for download so people can use it as reference for their work, or even for texturing and rigging and whatever (although I have to warn you that I'm far from a professional, so if you want to use them for games or animations, you may have to edit them heavily to fit your needs. I'm preetty sure they're messy in this regard, since I make them solely for the looks).Releasing my Models2 years ago in Personal More Like This
They're blender files, although if there's any way to convert them for sculptris, zbrush and other 3d editing software without messing them up please tell me so more people can make use of them.
As I've stated above, you can feel free to use them for anything as long as I'm being properly credited. I know some people that would like to use them for Zoo Tycoon 2, so that'll be fun.
Along with that, I'm thinking of doing a contest: I'll release a model of some kind of dinosaur in a specific position, and the challenge is to send me pictures that you've made usi
my childhood's darkside DOUBLE EDIT: Its fine if you want to draw Quill, its not going to offend me or upset me in anyway, its just don't really ever expect me to draw him since I see that as a taboo to one's personal bogeyman problemmy childhood's darkside2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I informed you, I grew up out in the countrysides, where there really wasn't anyone to play with. that and we had woods around us. Thus I created Virus as my imaginary friend.
Well that's not the entire story, he was created to be a friend and not feel so alone sure... but he was also protecting me from something more sinister.
As children we are plagued with nightmares and I was no exception, I had a personal bogeyman that its been so long, I don't remember his name exactly. I believe it was.... "Quill" or "Quall".
He was dark, body of pitch black, skinny, long arms, bird feet similar to an owl's. The blackness on his neck acted and shaped like that of feathers. his fingers long and skinny like that of young tree branches. He stood at about ..... 6ft roughly. The mos
'Demon's Due' DefinedI continually update this entry each time I post a new page of the story. So, it frequently has new information, but may not be worth your time unless you are hopelessly lost in this story or you are looking for dirt you can use against me... After receiving a warning/error message that this journal entry was too long for DA, I split it into two sections, one for the explanation of the project, and one for the fun, supplementary stuff. The second one, "'Demon's Due' Plus" is here: http://faile35.deviantart.com/journal/44054408/'Demon's Due' Defined8 years ago in Personal More Like This
Another running journal entry details the availability of hardcopy publications of the Demon's Due storyline, purchaseable at Amazon.com . The journal entry is here.
Also, collared-by-faile has a Facebook account set up where she'll be posting status updates for what we're working on. It's mostly just to catalog for ourselves what we're doing, but if you'd like t
why you don't want grinner to be your friendcopy paste from a comment I made to someonewhy you don't want grinner to be your friend2 months ago in Personal More Like This
" Grinner is essentially a ticking time bomb. as he gets older hes gonna get worse and much more aggressive because that is in his nature, the black fae are corrupted unstable heralds of self indulgence. This means eventually he will break his code of only getting bad children and just be like his father and target all children in the end. His Goofy demeanor will be less. "
Grinner will be violent and more dickish than his father even since his father is only half black fae. He won't get better either since the taint of the black fae is simply just that strong of an instinct.
they have a strong desire to corrupt and taint everything around them
and like his grandfather hemold once said " if it can't be turned, it simply must die."
Hemold is an asshole, hes wiped out hundreds of races and species simply because they were in his " breathing space " aka his territory.
We Are All Connected.These are as many episodes from the show Evolution from the History Chanel that I could find. I thought it would be nice to inform, in case there is information any of you are unaware of . Its just interesting knowledge too .We Are All Connected.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Dinosaur GeneratorBasically to help with creating dinosaurs, Its made so only a 6 sided Die is needed(those with less than 6 can use a 6 sider, but if you got a higher number than allowed would mean another roll)Dinosaur Generator1 year ago in Personal More Like This
 Large Theropod(above 20 Feet)
 Small Theropod(below 20 Feet)
 Thin, Steamlined
 Wide, Thick
 Cone Shaped
 vestigial/ None(would be very interesting)
 Long, Shallow
 Long, Deep
 Short, Shallow
 Short, Deep
 Average, Shallow
 Average, Deep
 Short, Thin
 Short, Thick
 Long, Thick
 Average, Thin
 Average, Thick
 Able To Switch
Ornamentation (Multi-Roll alowed)
 Bony Crest
Godzilla 2014 Clip - SPOILERSThose following me on Facebook are well aware that I, along with a little over 100 SXSW attendees, were treated to an extended clip from the 2014 movie by Mr. Edwards himself!Godzilla 2014 Clip - SPOILERS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Man oh man oh shevitz, THAT was a thing, lemme’ tell ya.
Again, it has been recounted in many other places the play-by-play of exactly what went down, but it is impossible to convey the raw awesomeness in words alone. I daresay this flick is gonna’ be a crowd-pleaser. That said, I’ll just run through the highlights of what I saw.
- Aaron Taylor Johnson is escorting a little Japanese boy that I think he’s just keeping an eye on during this segment of the film. Not sure what the story is there, but they’re on a monorail when the power goes out.
- SOMETHING’S going on out in the Hawaiian jungle, and it starts a fire that catches the attention of attendees at a luau. Suddenly, a little girl notices the water from the shore receding…and people start running, because, y’
Looks like I can talk about the WWD movie nowI worked on the Walking with Dinosaurs movie during preproduction as a character designer. I did multi-view skeletal and muscle diagrams to help guide the 3D sculptor (the talented David Krentz) and produced range of motion and movement studies. I continued to consult during development of the walk and run cycles, and served in a "catch-all" role on behavior and ecology when one of the other paleo advisors wasn't available.Looks like I can talk about the WWD movie now2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There were of course many other important advisors, and an entire army of artists who have worked on the movie since I was last involved, and they deserve most of the credit. For me the process was incredibly challenging and rewarding, and while you never get everything you want on a project like this the trailer makes me very excited to see the finished product!
Doug is back!Douglas Henderson have finally revealed his new Webside: http://douglashendersonehi.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=41192&AKey=4YBGL8XGDoug is back!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Beside his well known pictures from books an other print media you also find some beautiful field sketches, lithographs and photography
Frederik Spindler have some new stuff, and it seems like he works inter alia on some stuff for the famous Bückeburg tracks: http://www.frederik-spindler.de/ one of the most interesting track sites I now.
You may notice that I have problems to keep the Jurassic Germany project going... for the moment. I would really like to present you the Oenosaurus cylce but it's far too unfinished to be shown here. Instead my mind flowing back to Silvanus. This biosphere of this moon will be the only project I present this year at the Rundgang exhibition (in february) but it will fill a own room and beside the usual drawings ,watercolor paintings and sketchbooks I will show you three books with field sketches, some sk
Whit's Character Design Contest- ResultsRESULTSWhit's Character Design Contest- Results3 years ago in Personal More Like This
TO ALL WINNERS: The list of prizes are below, note me regarding claiming these
prizes. For the features, note me regarding pieces you'd like me to feature.
Sorry, I decided on a winner for a week or so now, just haven't had the chance
to post a results journal. So here are the wonderful entries:
I believe this is a great redesign of the original outfit and it has a great layout,
with comments and illustrations to clearly show the outfit's design. I fell in love
with the design and it's components, color schemes, and details. I can't wait
to draw Sunozone in that outfit!
I loved this so much, it was so hard to choose the other outfit over this one. I
love the tomboy look and how it stood out against the others. I loved the
goggles, shirt design, but most of all, those amazing pants!
Super Size MeThis just blows me away:Super Size Me1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently, 85% of the extrasolar planets discovered so far are either "super-Earths" (rocky terrestrial worlds up to 2x Earth's diameter) or "mini-Neptunes" (thick gas envelope over a rocky core, total size 2-4x Earth's diameter). Now obviously the apparent preponderance of these types could be due to a sample bias in terms of the detection methods employed--most of these worlds are close to their suns and thus easier to spot, so there may be more "normal" planets, from a solar/terrestrocentric perspective, further out…But that's not how it looks right now.
I want to know what this means for life...Are "Deathworld"-style multiple-Earth-mass planets the norm for terrestrial worlds? Are we actually the "lightweights" of the galaxy/universe? (If so, that's another great plot device justifying powered armor for spacefaring humans, and frankly that's all I really care about!) Are we more likely to find life on
A Very Special Message from Guillermo del ToroFrom io9: Praise Cthulhu — we are going to get "more Jaegers and more Kaiju, kicking each other's butts" in 2017, according to this announcement from director Guillermo del Toro. Pacific Rim 2 has been greenlit for April 2017. Plus there'll be an animated series and more comics.A Very Special Message from Guillermo del Toro9 months ago in Personal More Like This
According to The Wrap, del Toro is co-writing the script with Zak Penn (and original movie writer Travis Beacham is involved in some capacity, according to the video.) And this time around, the film will be released by Universal, which is now distributing all of Legendary's films. This is the best news in ages.
:iconenshohma: says: Between this, the two planned Legendary Godzilla sequels, Gamera's 50th anniversary film, Toho's live action "Attack on Titan" film, and the big screen reboot of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (not to mention other projects I've purposely neglected to mention), I thi
Monthly 100 point giveaway! [November] CLOSEDI'm such a terrible, terrible person. D: Sorry for being late! It should've closed already two days ago. ><; I promise to announce the winner later today! There's still much to do around here. xDMonthly 100 point giveaway! [November] CLOSED1 year ago in Personal More Like This
That's right Decided to make a tradition here~ And I wanted to start it with celebrating my 800+ watchers I promise, I will try my best to give out 100 to one lucky person every month. Ok, let's not waste much more time and let's get on with the important things!
This is a giveaway for my watchers only, so you have to be a watcher of mine.
this journal. [This is how you'll get your number]
Not obligatory, but it'd be really great if you could:
[Bullet; Yellow]Make a journal about this giveaway.
[Bullet; Red][Bullet; Yellow]Choosing the winner[Bullet; Yellow][Bullet; Red]
[Bullet; Red]Like I mentioned above, by faving this journal, you'll ge
ReferencesThis list will be expanded as time allows. If you know of any we didnt mention feel free to send a note with the pertinent subject.References5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Research is an important part of part of doing and getting palaeontological reconstruction as right as it can be or of bolstering your own notions. Be sure to practice your research skills on the Internet (useful, hopefully generic enough, links: http://www.virtualchase.com/quality/checklist.html , http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html , http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/ ) and in libraries.
If you have a Public University near you ask at their library what services the general public can access there.
Linked below are useful references for your palaeontological research needs.
Wikipedia. A good starting point for your research if you stick to the articles with references.