The ultimate dinosaur celebrity doing what human celebrities never can: keeping its mouth shut.
The good mother reptile says keeps her mouth shut as the third in my series of closed-mouth dinosaurs. This shows off the not-yet-described dewlap found under the throat of the ROM Maiasaura specimen.
This incredibly cool new study by Gossi et al, published today in PLOSone, has researched whether chickens walk differently if they have a long, heavy tail, reminiscent of the type of tail present in non-avian dinosaurs. Giving them such a tail artificially (while controlling for weight) actually changes their gait significantly, giving them more hip-driven locomotion and less knee-driven as in modern birds. Check out the paper, it’s open-access.
Giganotosaurus with it’s yap shut. Like you would probably have seen it 90% of the time.
So I’ve often been asked to do more closed-mouth skeletal reconstructions, since it makes the dinosaurs look a bit more like animals and less like Hollywood monsters. It also obscures anatomy, so I won’t be switching to closed mouths full-time, but I thought it would be fun to do a series of them as a sort of Tumblr-exclusive. First up is everyone’s favorite almost-bird: Archaeopteryx!
Good ole Chucky D, in a speed painting I did this spring (roughly 2 hours).