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Re: Deinonychus Skull

On Tue, May 25th, 2010 at 10:46 AM, imgarofalo93@gmail.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
> be  
> somewhere between the two. Which one is accurate?

It seems that the deep-snouted version is again in vogue, more like that of 
Dromaeosaurus than 
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 
*Velociraptor antirrhopus*. 
Perhaps that's why his reconstruction at the time looked so Velociraptor-like. 
That idea doesn't 
seem to have taken off though.


Dann Pigdon
GIS Specialist                         Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj