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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 apparently the idea that dinosaurs couldn't contain both scales and fuzz is also incorrect (whether this applies to true feathers is not yet known).



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action-figure-opera Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Have you considered adding feather silhouettes to your skeletals? I was just admiring your deinonychus (my favorite of all your uploaded works), and realized it should probably have feathers breaking up the smooth silhouette.
Angrydinobirds Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist
What is your thought on Sereno's new skeletal reconstruction? Would you even consider revising your Spinosaurus skeletal, again?
ScottHartman Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I'm always happy to revise my skeletal, and I knew that the curved spine ridge was lurking out there when I updated mine. But before I'd change it the paper needs to be published so I can evaluate how likely their reconstruction is.
Yutyrannus Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Do you have any idea when it will be published?
ScottHartman Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing specific, but I have to think that National Geographic learned its lesson with the Archaeoraptor composite hyjinx, so if there is a reveal scheduled for sometime in September I'd expect the paper in the next couple of weeks.
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Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
What's the deal with that new weird looking Sereno Spinosaurus mount?
ScottHartman Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Currently the deal is that it's not published. Once it is I'll have a more useful opinion.
Patchi1995 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Mr. Hartman, I found that Spinosaurus got two humps on their fins! And somebody found the new version of Deinocheirus!
ScottHartman Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The "new" version of Deinocheirus has been floating around for the better part of a decade, it's just finally making it to publication. Also, photos of the Spinosaurus with the sigmoid fin (or hump) have been leaking around for a while on the internet, but until both are properly published they aren't science.
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Dear Scott
please help me with your wonderful information about anatomy:

A) Do you ask yourself, Why did scientist find a little bones of Giant Pliosaurs and the bones are injured and broke very severe???? 

Is it possible  such issue show us Pliosaurs was adapt with Depth?
Is it possible their bones had such injure and broke after death because their carcase remain in  high pressure of water  in depth?
B) Sperm Whales have the biggest teeth through animals. but they do not be killer whales. they prey Giant Squids, depth water Sharks and fish. for prey, they do not need to such teeth. therefore, Why should they have such huge teeth?

similar issue exist about Pliosaurs. they have huge teeth but now we know they use them for broke shells(giant Squids and turtles) because their teeth were injured...such injure can be related to use them for broke a hard shell. Therefore, Do you think Giant Pliosaurs were like sperm whales (calm animal although they have huge teeth/ they prey just special animals) or Killer Whales(dangerous for prey every animals in water)?
C) if a predator be adapt with its habitat very good, it will prey special animals as it major food. Giant Pliosaurs adapt with sea very good because they lived for a long time(from late middle Jurassic to early late cretaceous). therefore, they probably were adapt with special food. after extinction of Ophathalmosaurs, Ginat pliosaurs were extinct too. Is it possible Giant Pliosaurs adapt for prey Ophathalmosaurs?

How should a Giant Pliosaurs prey an animal in dark parts of depth if the predator do not use echolocation or do not have melon organ?

and for  having such adaptation (foraging behavior or search for special food source), Is it possible  Giant pliosaurs adapt with depth(for example: find Spermaceti organ of Sperm whales for going to depth or junk organ of Sperm whales or melon organ of  beaked whales for echolocation and search Giant Squids in dark part of depth)?
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