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Matt Dempsey, aka Sketchy-raptor


I'm a palaeontologist and musculoskeletal biologist studying the evolution of dinosaur locomotion, with ornithischians being the main focus of my research. I'm currently working towards my PhD with the Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Research Group at the University of Liverpool and the Fossil Reptiles Research Group at The Natural History Museum, London. I'm also a masters graduate of the University of Manchester's Department of Earth Sciences.


I dabble as a scientific illustrator, using various artistic tools to supplement my research and create anatomical reconstructions, as well as for creating my own palaeontological artwork. Most of the content I’ll be posting here will be dinosaur related, but I do occassionally dabble in other things.


Outside of my career life, I'm deeply interested in films and filmmaking, as well as being an avid comic book and video game fan.


Enjoy my gallery, and feel free to ask questions and leave comments!


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I didn't have a specific dromaeosaur in mind when I first drew it, but it definitely skews more closely to Deinonychus than it does to other candidates.

Breach in the East Corridor

The jugal process may not be extremely pointy, but there is a distinctly textured region at its summit. It looks to imply some kind of cornified structure, perhaps a boss, or maybe a cluster of large scales. There are a couple of other T. rex skulls that look quite similar.

Tyrannosaurus skeletal

Thanks! :D

Could you clarify what you mean about the jugal? There is of course some variation in the exact shape between specimens, and the contacts with the maxilla and lacrimal in the lower antorbital region can be a little bit different. But taking this into account, the jugal of AMNH 5027 doesn't seem particularly abnormal to me.

Tyrannosaurus skeletal