STL Science Center

STL Science Center

16 April 2014

Grouper or Land Animal?

Desmatosuchus is described as having a "pig-like" skull. Why would anyone (this image could be slightly altered post-DK publishing) change the head of this animal so that it looked not like a pig but like a fish of some kind? The body here is still anatomically correct but the skull of Desmatosuchus is not exactly accurate in this image. Points of the skull have been interpreted here to match the overall shape of the exhibited skull, but the fish-like aspect of it is very hard to reconcile after looking at the skull for an entire week and viewing it, and its more populous interpretations as very reptilian. What is the general consensus on this altered interpretation?

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