STL Science Center

STL Science Center

14 June 2016

Describing Dilong

The description of Dilong by Xu, et al. is a short but thorough work. The paper addresses the anatomy of the fossil and provides clear photographs to go with the description as well as line drawings where needed. The burgeoning tyrannosaurid features of the skull are wonderfully detailed in the line drawings. Feathers are also discussed in the paper. A reconstruction of the present skeletal elements brings together the end of the paper just before the feather material is discussed. This paper is worth reading, and it is a short read, partially because there have been no other papers dedicated directly and solely to Dilong and also because it was written in wonderful detail and with precision.

No comments:

Post a Comment