10 September 2011
Old world, popular styling, and the Greg Paul update
Either way, the crest was most likely used as both resonating chamber for calls and identification in the species for individuals and mating purposes. These illustrations show this quite well. The other thing they both show well is the nature of the front legs and the manus. While Isis' has more of a grasping hand, still better than the older drawings, the unknown artist has portrayed his dinosaur with a more foot like manus. Isis' dinosaur, therefore, is portrayed as more bipedal while the other as more often quadrupedal. Both are done well and the exact amount of time spent in either quad or bipedal locomotion is open to debate so both interpretations are equally well received.
The last piece of illustration I wish to share is waiting on an email from Gregory S. Paul himself. Without his permission I can only direct my readers to his Zazzle account and, I have blown up the design (Corythosaurus is just above the word "Hadrosauroidea") and have posted a link to a direct image from the site of the blown up design, a shirt that contains many, if not all, of his Hadrosaur concepts making Corythosaurus rather small and difficult to see the details of. I have to admit that part of me, which recognizes Paul as an innovator in dinosaur anatomy, was very impressed with his updated version of Corythosaurus while part of me, the traditional part that loves the illustrations I grew up with.
Paul's Corythosaurus has many of the anatomical features of the nearly modern illustrations and is very much like them in many respects. The one feature that really stands out is the neck of the newest Corythosaurus of his design. This neck is much more cow-like than even the very cow-like illustrations above. Actually, the Corythosaur's neck makes it look like a Brahmin bull. You just have to take it in and absorb it to really and truly love it. Of course, you may just not like it. Personally, I'm still a little torn on how I feel about. I think it's one version of the species, maybe not the only version available, but only time will tell if its correct, another version of the species, a combination of things, or not at all plausible.