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Re: Deinonychus Skull
On Tue, May 25th, 2010 at 10:46 AM, email@example.com wrote:
> Hi there. I'm curious as to what is the correct shape of the skull of
> Deinonychus. In Ostrom 1969, it was restored with a very deep,
> carnosaur-like skull. In Paul 1988, it was depicted as being more
> like the
> skull of Velociraptor. And in some museum restorations, it seems to
> somewhere between the two. Which one is accurate?
It seems that the deep-snouted version is again in vogue, more like that of
Velociraptor. However modern reconstructions don't seem to have the snout quite
as deep as
Ostrom reconstructed it.
If I remember correctly, GSP tried to synonymise Deinonychus with the genus
in 'Predatory Dinosaurs of the World' - even going as far as to call it
Perhaps that's why his reconstruction at the time looked so Velociraptor-like.
That idea doesn't
seem to have taken off though.
GIS Specialist Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj