12 August 2014
The Written Works of Leptoceratops
skeletal reconstruction and a fairly in depth discussion of the dinosaur by John Ostrom. Ostrom's description of Leptoceratops is not anywhere near as in depth as his description of Deinonychus, however, it is still well written and nicely detailed. There is also a paper, more widely encompassing Ceratopsia, that discusses Leptoceratops and the ceratopsian syncervical and how understanding its structure helps to understand the structures of the anterior cervical region of basal amniotes. This paper is a little closer to a "read it or you'll never understand it" than is usually presented here. However, as I usually state on Tuesdays, the most entertaining, but not always the most informative, papers are the original naming and describing papers that were published. Sometimes that is because of the antiquated language used and sometimes it is because of the imagination displayed by the author(s). This week, Barnum Brown's description of Leptoceratops is available to read. It includes many illustrations of the bones (see left) in addition to his detailed description of the remains.