PaleoNews #5

Hey guys! Welcome to PaleoNews #5!

NEW FINDINGS

Cox et. al. discover that the giant rodent Josephoartigasia used its four giant incisors like an elephant uses its tusks. They speculate the giant rodent used these teeth to dig for nutrient-rich roots and to defend itself from the myriad predators with which it shared its environment.

Zurriaguz and Cowell describe both the morphology and pneumatic features of the presacral column of Saltasaurus. SVPOW, of course, had some fun with these verts (more on that later).

THE INTERNET AND PALEONTOLOGY

SVPOW continues their series on epipophyses. I found the series very informative, as the guys at SV-POW! explain that those crazy finger-like epipophyses found on Qijianglong’s vertebrae aren’t that weird at all. You can view the series at svpow.com. At DINOSOURS!, Ben talks about the artistic side of fossil mounts. You can view the article here.

FEATURED ARTWORK/PHOTOGRAPH

This week we have a Panguraptor lufengensis by Eloy Manzanero. Eloy is an amazing artist who’s talent I can only dream to have one day. His take on this well-preserved Asian coelophysoid is absolutely stunning:

panguraptor_lufengensis_head_by_eloymanzanero-d832663

You can find more of his artwork on his deviant-art page and on his youtube channel. If you would like to feature your artwork on PaleoNews, please inform me in the comments below and put a link to the artwork. I hope you enjoyed PaleoNews #5, and thanks for reading!

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