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Introducing Hesperornithoides miessleri

Introducing Hesperornithoides miessleri

I'm afraid my summer schedule isn't going to give me much time for DA posting, but I did want to take a moment to introduce you to a new small, winged dinosaur from the Jurassic of North America that I and my coauthors named - Hesperornithoides miessleri. If you want more information about it I also wrote up a blog post you can read here: http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/home/hesperornithoides-faq7102019 Cheers!

Most theropods probably had lips

Most theropods probably had lips

This is just a quick journal entry to let all of you know I'm overhauling of my non-bird theropod skeletals, and a large part of it is to put more obvious (and IMO more accurate) lips on them. I've written up a (lengthy) blog post outlining the evidence that supports theropods lips here: http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/home/the-lip-post1 I will do a second blog post in the next week or so on what correlates I'm using to guide the lip reconstructions. I also wanted to warn people that while I've updated around half of my theropod skeletals it will most likely be a few more weeks before I have those uploaded to DA, so in the meantime you are be

A quick update on my absence

A quick update on my absence

Hello DAers! My long absence due to multiple projects (and teaching, and graduate school) is probably a month away from coming to an end. I apologies for those who sent me IMs and didn't hear back, sometimes for months. If there is a rush it's almost always better to contact me through my website contact form, as I'll see that right away. Also, I should have lots of fun skeletals to show off in the coming months (and years) thanks in part to the work I put in over the last 9 months. I look forward to chatting with you all again in a few weeks! -Scott

Anchiornis soft-tissue outline

Anchiornis soft-tissue outline

My colleagues and I just published a new paper (available here) that many of you might be interested in. In it we used laser-fluorescence to investigate soft-tissue data that was not apparent under visible light. It brings quite a bit of detail to what we know about Anchiornis, and for you paleoart types it should help you flesh out your small theropod reconstructions. You can also read some of my own thoughts on it (mostly anatomy/paleoart related) on my blog here.

Bringing Dimetrodon into the 21st century

Bringing Dimetrodon into the 21st century

I often have to sit on top of new skeletal reconstructions for a long time before I can show them (Utahraptor would be the most infamous example to my DA followers), but this one has been hard to clam up about since I did it more than a year ago: Dimetrodon grandis. The skeletal was done during the design process for the excellent Permian line of clothes and merchandise  and they understandably wanted to wait on showing it off until their product line launched. But now it has! So here is my overhaul of D. grandis, based as much as possible on the Smithsonian specimen, with the tail taken from other specimens. The high-walk-in-a-hurry pose

I'm now on Patreon

I'm now on Patreon

Hi everyone. That silhouette you see above is from my new Sinovenator skeletal. Why is it just a silhouette? I'm sure this won't sound new to anyone that hangs around Deviant Art, but I have joined Patreon. Many of you have asked me when I was going to do a skeletal drawing of dinosaurs "X, Y, & Z", and the answer is almost always "not until someone commissions me to do it." When I started doing skeletal reconstructions (back in the late 1990s!) I was single, and had extremely minimal living expenses (I ate a lot of Ramen noodles and mac & cheese). I still live pretty inexpensively, but now I have a family to support and I'm workin

Tyrannosaur Chronicles now in print

Tyrannosaur Chronicles now in print

Hi everyone! This is a quick note to let you know that there is an excellent new book out on tyrannosaurs by paleontologist Dave Hone. I know, I know, who really likes T. rex and its kin, right? But even though you all think tyrannosaurs are super boring, the book is really great. Dave managed to write it in a very accessible manner even though he digs into just about every aspect of tyrannosaurs, their biology, anatomy, and origins. It's also probably the most up to date book on theropods you can buy - it was getting revisions even as Bloomsbury was setting it for print in early 2016. And as if that's not enough, they even put a fuzzy T. re

You can help finish the Lori project!

You can help finish the Lori project!

Update: Funded! Thanks for everyone who helped with support or spreading the news! Hello Fellow DAers! As some of you know, for more than a decade I have been involved with describing a new troodontid from the Morrison Formation. The specimen was nicknamed "Lori", and I and my colleagues have presented preliminary work at SVP in years past. At long last we are just about ready to submit the paper for publication, but need a last round of transporting the specimen for Micro CT scans, imaging the specimen for publication, and getting the authors together in one place to hash out the final paper. To that end we started an Experiment.com  fund

A tale of a Tylosaurus tail

A tale of a Tylosaurus tail

First of all, let me thank all of you who wrote birthday well-wishes, all of the wonderful social interactions on DA are what keep me coming back. I also wanted to update you on a blog post I wrote about mosasaur tails: http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/home/mosasaurs-teaching-the-controversy The tl;dr version is that you can still find people who would support any these extremes in tail fluke design, but I think the middle two (or somewhere in between) is the most likely. Hit up the article for more depth as to why.

Back in the saddle!

Back in the saddle!

Just a quick update - the semester is over, I'm back from a family vacation (my daughter got her first trip to Disney World), and I've got a lot of commissioned skeletals lined up for this summer. So for those of you who like to see new content, you will be getting your wish in the coming weeks. That said, these posts will be snuck inbetween working on them, so don't expect a lot of detail, scale bars, rigorous versions, etc. That'll have to be added sometime later (probably in fall or winter). Also, my ability to respond to questions will be hit or miss, so don't take it personally if I miss something, or am absent for a couple days. -Scott

There's something fishy about the new Spinosaurus

There's something fishy about the new Spinosaurus

I'm sorry, I don't have a new Spinosaurus skeletal for you based on the new material. It will probably be a while yet until I do. But I was surprised enough by the proportions to want to check them, and the published lengths of the new neotype specimen don't actually match the reconstruction that was published in the paper. Above is my corrected version - to find out more about how I got there you can hop on over to my blog...and I'll apologize in advance for the wall of text that awaits you.

Oh neat, fuzz-covered ornithiscians!

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 apparent
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What skeletal drawing should I do next?

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