Monday, January 12, 2009

Beipaiosaurus, Wowsers!


Ed Yong over at Not Exactly Rocket Science has a wonderful post up about an even more wonderful fossil of Beipaiosaurus, everyone's favorite feathered therizinosaur. Aside from the headline-grabbing quills, the specimen presents incredibly well-preserved skeletal elements previously unknown in the taxon, including a beautiful skull. I'd like to see what comparisons can be drawn between Beipaiosaurus' skull and that of Falcarius. The outline of the animal's neck and throat pouch is equally intriguing. Nice articulated hyoid bone, too.
EDITZ: Thanks to Ed and Dr. Holtz for sending me the paper.

2 comments:

Jerry D. Harris said...

If you like this, then you'll LOVE the beastie with long, strange integumentary structures that should be out in Nature before too long...

Zach said...

Oh, you TEASE me, sir!