30 October 2014
Epidexipteryx is well known in the public domain and in the scientific community. As such it is a taxon that we can comfortably call charismatic fauna. This sort of label is typically heard when discussing larger dinosaurs, birds, mammals, etc and is usually called megafauna, because of the size. Epidexipteryx, however, bucks the trend in terms of not being a large animal and instead became well known for a number of other reasons including its relatively new discovery, good press coverage, and use in the BBC's Planet Dinosaur program.
29 October 2014
|Artist not credited, though it appears to bear a resemblance to the work of Jaime Headden|
28 October 2014
The paper describing Epidexipteryx was published in 2008 in Nature by Zhang et al. Rather than addressing the dinosaur as a paravian theropod the authors set out to describe what they called a new "bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran". To sum it up, Nature released a short news release that is available to the public. The article is a good read, but it is more regulated in its access. Reading the press release is a good substitute, so be sure to at least check this out!
26 October 2014
There is a rather goofy looking Epidexipteryx on a nicely organized fact page that is very kid friendly. The reason it appears somewhat odd looking is that the jaws of the dinosaur have been illustrated closed and with a rather enormous overbite. That page happens to be part of the Dinosaur Jungle site, which has been pretty reliable in the past for the quality of its information. The BBC, because of their use of Epidexipteryx in Planet Dinosaur, maintains a page on their site that details some information on the dinosaur and a short video as well.
25 October 2014
Northern Mockingbird). The extension of the arms of this reconstruction is more horizontal and extended less dorsal, but the idea remains the same. Were the forelimbs/wings covered in longer feathers that are not preserved with the remainder of the fossil? There exists the potential for such a thing, but as of now it has not been realized. The rostral skull of the paravian dinosaur is also quite interesting. The skull appears to have some elongation to it, though obviously not entirely like that of a beak or the typical shape of theropod dinosaurs.
24 October 2014