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Xianlong skull reconstruction
Tracing the skull was difficult until I discovered, it's not the
colors on the fossil skull that differentiate the bones from the
matrix. The contrasting tones and colors represent skin, scales and
such. Essentially it's the embossed shapes of the scattered bones
beneath those overlying materials that tell the tale. As reported,
the phalanges have unossified ends, so again, it's the shapes. Dare I
say, I used Photoshop?
No surprise, Xianlong is not what they think it is.
And don't go completely by Colbert's reconstruction of Icarosaurus
for comparison. A few problems there, rectified here.
Anyone wanting to privately correspond on this is welcome to.
All for now.
Pi-Peng Li*, Ke-Qin Gao}, Lian-Hai Hou*, and Xing Xu*
PNAS | March 27, 2007 | vol. 104 | no. 13 | 5507-5509