This is quite an interesting discovery. Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't the "quills" inferred? I'd guess that South African rocks aren't the best at preserving things like feathers or "quills."
Yes, the quills are inferred. The only known evidence of feather like structures on heterodontosaurs came from the chinese Tianyulong...
Not to mention that model in the paper with the snout crest is actually Heterodontosaurus.
Yes indeed. And there is no evidence of a crest in Heterodontosaurus either. No mention of it in the paper nor in the newly reconstructed skull in it. Not sure why the artist takes it upon himself to add one...
Very nice reconstruction once again! In some other pictures of it, I saw it having a little ridge on the nose, but is there any evidence for that
That's why I called this a paleoart meme. Just because the press release shows a 3D reconstruction of the animal (which as pointed out by is not even Pegomastax but Heterodontosaurus) with a crest and big quills on the head and neck, everybody so far has depicted it similarly. The fossil of Pegomastax actually consists mainly of the lower jaw with some other fragments from the back of the skull. There is no evidence of a crest, and no evidence of quills either... (The more complete remains of Heterodontosaurus do not show any crest or evidence of quills either).
I'm not really surprised there are paeleoart memes, but it still amuses me Your spots look a bit painted over the top. Love the fur