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That's a truly defined photo. I've got many cats and I love them but I am not mad about yellow-eyed grey cats, while this one is well d...


Beautiful shot. You managed to capture a very special moment and enlightening not only from the anatomical point of view, but Also visu...


Fantastic! First, I love the way you laid out the colors, so soft and just sufficiently tridimensional. I like the various reflections ...


To begin with, I generally like your style and the way you match colors to patterns in animals. In this case the choice of green and bl...


The thing I love most about this is that you have lipped portrait . I think it's the first or maybe the second time I see a lipped tyra...


More than a critique, this wants to be a lot of compliments from a hyper-enthusiast of paleoart and scientifically correct velociraptor...

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Around thirty new dinosaurian taxa have been established this year. Maybe it's not been a year full of startling discoveries, but we got some key taxa that have improved the phylogenetic resolution in different microdots of the dinosaurian tree, both in ornithischian and saurischian branches.
Just think about Chilesaurus, for example. In addition to being already a beautiful discovery due to its abundance of remains, it showed for the first time the existence of a possible and still unknown clade of aberrant tetanurans provided of ornithischian homoplasies.
Chilesaurus by Dennonyx
Another amazing and wonderfully preserved new theropod is Yi, which confirms in a spectacular way the hypothesis of planar patagia in scansoriopterygids.
Then we have the giant dromaeosaur Dakotaraptor, significant for its ecological implications being the first giant deinonychosaur known from the extremely late cretaceous. Hell Creek is confirmed as one of the most complex and important paleo ecosystems suitable to the scientific studies.
The Stout giant and the Slim giant by Dennonyx
Other three dromaeosaurids have been established: the basal microratptorian Zhenyuanlong, the dubious Boreonykus and a new species of Saurornitholestes: S. sullivani. 
Oviraptorid Huanansaurus and coelophysoid Lepidus are the other new theropods described in 2015.
We have also a lot of new sauropodomorph taxa, most of them are virtually irrilevant in terms of phylogenetic upgrades. Among them, the macronarian Haestasaurus, the brachiosaurid Padillasaurus, the mamenchisaurid Qijianglong and the primitive Sefapanosaurus, Pulanesaura, and a new species of Eucnemesaurus. Don't forget also the taxonomic definition of diplodocids Galeamopus and Brontosaurus.
A lot of new ceratopsian taxa have been described. Besides a new centrosaurine (Wendiceratops) and a new chasmosaurine (Regaliceratops), there have been described some interesting basal forms, such as the leptoceratopsid Ischioceratops...
Merry Ischioceratops by Dennonyx
...and the more primitive Hualianceratops and Mosaiceratops.
Mosaiceratops by Dennonyx
On the ankylosaurian side, nothing has been discovered, but several fascinating taxa have been taxonomically defined and renamed: Horshamosaurus (at first assigned to Polacanthus), Chrichtonpelta (originally classified as a species of Chrichtonsaurus) and Kunbarrasaurus (once hypothesized belonging to Minmi).
Kunbarrasaurus skull nomenclature by Dennonyx
At the end, we have several new ornithopod taxa, among which iguanodontids Morelladon and Iguanodon galvensis, hadrosauroid Koshisaurus and saurolophin hadrosaurids Ugruunaluk and Probrachylophosaurus.
Probrachylophosaurus by Dennonyx
What would you want from 2016? Personally, I'd say aberrant stegosaurian plates and carnivore therizinosaurids; but I'm curious to know your wishes as well.
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It hasn't been a bad year. It can be said that, unlike in 2013, there were more significant revaluation studies rather than institutions of new species.


Stand out among all two new aspects of historical theropods: Deinocheirus and Spinosaurus. Curiously, it has been noted as an incredible coincidence as both the two giants show several homoplasies and similar ecological adaptations the one with the other.
Noteworthy are also studies of anatomical and phylogenetic reassessment carried out on vulcanodontid Antetonitrus and camarasaurids Lourinhasaurus and Aragosaurus, plus an thorough study about Manidens toothing and Heterodontosaurus postcranium, which together constitute a great source of retail knowledge on the heterodontosaurids skeleton.
Two other notable items that unfortunately aren't exploded in the pop web as they should have been are the one reporting the discovery of a juvenile specimen of Megaraptor and the one about the classification of "Saurornitholestes ROBUSTUS" as a troodontid (and so not a dromeosaurid, instead).
Furthermore, Arrhinoceratops is now considered a valid genus, more derived than Anchiceratops but less than the node Triceratopsini (Eotriceratops+Ojoceratops+(Triceratops+Torosaurus)).

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Talking about new species, there are definitely some of which I've been madly in love.

First of all, Aquilops. Damn, what a fucking beautiful name, maybe more beautiful than the poor "Syntarsus" replaced by that shit of name that is Megapnosaurus.
Aquilops is the cutest and most interesting ceratopsian to date. So small and particular, with that horned beak... When I'll end the dino-alphabeat I will definitley make a portrait of it. For sure.

Then we have Anzu!  Anzu ! by Dennonyx
You know, every day an unnamed oviraptorid receive a true name and a true study, is a wonderful day for everyone of us.

Another new genus that I've restored is the hadrosauroid Zhanghenglong.
Zhanghenglong by Dennonyx

Am I the only one thinking that it's not just the umpteenth chinese ornithopod to be snubbed?
Thinking about hadrosaurians, I'd like to report your attenction to the new genera Gongpoquanosaurus, Plesiohadros, Rhinorex and Adelolophus (we could've had 'em all rolling in the deep) [LOL]. 

Surely, none of you snubbed the tyrannosaurinae Nanuqsaurus, known by skull fragments... 
Nanuqsaurus by Dennonyx
...but still significant for its paleogeographic implications.

Another tyrannosaurid erected this year is the alioramin Qianzhousaurus
Alioramini by Dennonyx
Even if being Alioramini a unresolved trichotomy, we can't say that Qianzhousaurus is taxonomically valid since it's not more or less different from Alioramus remotus rather than A. altai.

I adored Gobivenator. Its specimen is one of the best among advanced troodontids.
Gobivenator by Dennonyx
Not the umpteenth eastern "deinonychosaurian", even if not so marvelous as the new microraptorine Changyuraptor.

The last of the new species that I've restored is the futalognkosaurian sauropod Quetecsaurus, known by not-so-few elements.

Quetecsaurus by Dennonyx
I think I was the only one who cared about him. 

Another sauropod you may see among my restoration is the enormous Dreadnoughtus (see the letter D of the dinosaur-alphabet proyect). Very close to Quetecsaurus, but also very different anatomically. The weight valued for Dreadnoughtus is a number that makes me go in a headache just thinking about it: 65 Short Tons!
Other new forms that deserve to be known are the new species of Allosaurus (A. lucasi), ceratosaurids Camarillasaurus and Fosterovenator, mamenchisaurid Huangshanglong, chasmosaurin Mercuriceratops, coelophysoid Panguraptor, (z)ankylosaurids Zaarapelta and Ziapelta, diplodocid Leinkupai and of course the fuzzy neornithischian Kulindadromeus, now featured on the letter K of my dinosaur alphabeat.

Let's hope for a stunning new year! Wishes!
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Hi, my dear dino-guys! While I'm planning some work, I came to my mind to report in this journal entry a precious list of my favorite papers (most of them from PLOS ONE) that might be of help or good thorough reading to people like me who simply can't stop learning about dinosaurs. Such very interesting documents, accompanied by beautiful HD pictures, and these aren't only new species-descriptions but also revisions, phylogenetic analysis and taphonomic observations.
This journal is gonna be adjourned over time with others new papers, so stay attentive to its updates!

1- Body size distribution in Dinosauria: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
2- Paleopathological survey on a Mapusaurus pack: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
3- Description of the abelisaur Dahalokely: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
4- Description of the troodontid Linhevenatorwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
5- Re-interpretation of Zhongornis as a basal scansoriopterygid: www.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
6- Description of the caenagnathid Anzuwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
7- Confuciusornithid and microraptorian remains in the compsognathid Sinocalliopteryxwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
8- Anatomy insights on tyrannosaurid Alioramus altaiwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
9- Description of the hadrosaurid Magnapauliawww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
10- Histology of dryosaurid Dysalotosaurus: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
11- Revision of tyrannosaurid Raptorex validty: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
12- Description of leptoceratopsid Zhuchengceratopswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
13- New information on the cranial anatomy of Acrocanthosauruswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
14- Description of massospondylid Leyesauruswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
15- Pneumaticity of the neosauropods Apatosaurus and Giraffatitan bones: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
16- Ecological information on pachycephalosaurid Stegoceraswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
17- Description of the tyrannosaurid Nanuqsaurus: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
18- Head and neck posture of sauropods inferred from extant animals: www.app.pan.pl/archive/publish…
19- Ontogeny of centrosaurine Pachyrhinosaurus perotorumwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
20- Description of the troodontid Geminiraptorwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
21- Cranial ontogeny of pachycephalosaurid Stegoceraswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
22- Description of the oviraptorosaur Nankangia: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
23- Description of the hadrosaurid Canardiawww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
24- Cranial information of hadrosaurid Amurosauruswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
25- Description of the basal therizinosaur Martharaptorwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
26- Revision of Tsintaosaurus crest: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
27- Evolution of tail feathers into Theropoda: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
28- Description of plateosaurid Unaysauruswww.mapress.com/zootaxa/2004f/…
29- Pelvic anatomy of Gargoyleosaurus and others basal ankylosaurs: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
30- Thorough information on the cranial anatomy of Spinosauruswww.reocities.com/Athens/bridg…
31- Taxonomy of Euoplocephalus-grade ankylosaurids: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
32- Insights into anatomy of troodontid Mei: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
33- Description of nodosaurid Europeltawww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
34- Description of the troodontid Taloswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
35- Insights into the caudal musculature of abelisaurid Carnotaurus: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
36- Insights into anatomy of heterodontosaurid Fruitadenswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
37- Description of the basal young complete therizinosaur Jianchangosaurus: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
38- Descriptions of the guaibasaurid Panphagia with insights into origin of dinosaurs: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
39- Insights into endocranial anatomy of therizinosaurs: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
40- New specimens of Nemegtomaia in brooding position: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
41- Description of sauropodomorph Leonerasauruswww.plosone.org/article/info:d…
42- Insights into predatory ecology of Deinonychus: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
43- Description of hadrosauroid Yunganglongwww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
44- Morphologic analysis and comparisons among therpod furculas: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
45- A new species of Aeolosauruswww.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f…
46- Possible proof of cannibalism in Tyrannosauruswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
47- Resolution of the taxonomic question between Triceratops and Torosauruswww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
48- Insights into iguanodontid-grade ornithopods phylogeny: www.plosone.org/article/info%3…
49- Beak morphology in several oviraptorosaurs: www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handl…
50- Description of titanosaur Narambuenatitanwww.app.pan.pl/archive/publish…
51- Paleoceanographic insights of cretaceous polar and west interior seas: app.box.com/s/r7ggmtqv4xaecz3n…
52- Femural remains of an indeterminate ornithopod from Honduras: app.box.com/s/mptjgmhlw6poqii2…
53- Description of the abelisaurid Carnotauruswww.mediafire.com/view/pn4n6mh…
54- Remains of an arctic indeterminate hadrosaur: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38…
55- Phylogeny of Tetanurae: app.box.com/s/lmtniyqeto3zcd1u…
56- Accurate revision of Antetonitrus with implications of the origin of Sauropoda: app.box.com/s/dkbatt3xcbsxlhse…
57- Insights into cranial anatomy of macronarian Europasauruswww.tandfonline.com/doi/full/1…
58- Taxonomic diversification of Iguanodontidae: www.mediafire.com/view/fdotrq9…
59- Cranial anatomy of massopod Melanorosaurus and its implications: app.box.com/s/wkg396kiqm7qki7h…
60- Restoration of hip height in coelurosaurs Deinocheirus and Therizinosauruswww.gmnh.pref.gunma.jp/researc…
61- Insights into cranial anatomy of Sinraptorwww.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
62- Description of the iguanodont Proawww.mapress.com/zootaxa/2012/f…
63- Revision of coelurosaur Yixianosauruswww.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
64- Taxonomic observations on troodontid IVPP V 10597: www.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
65- Description of sauropod Angolatitanwww.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v83n1/v…
66- Taxonomic observations on somphospondylian MUCPv 204: www.notosoft.com.ar/pdfs/Juare…
67- Description of ceratopsid Spinopswww.app.pan.pl/archive/publish…
68- Description of titanosaurus Petrobrasauruswww.geologica-acta.com/pdf/vol…
69- Description of unenlagiin Pamparaptorwww.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v83n1/v…
70- Description of spinosaurid Oxalaiawww.scielo.br/pdf/aabc/v83n1/v…
71- Taxonomic observation on the species assigned to Camptosauruswww.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f…
72- Description of a new species of Mamenchisauruswww.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
73- Description of troodontid Xixiasauruswww.app.pan.pl/archive/publish…
74- Description of hadrosaurid Willinakaqewww.macn.secyt.gov.ar/investig…
75- Description of mamenchisaurid Tonganosauruswww.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
76- Description of sauropodomorph Seitaadwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic…
77- Description of a new species of Psittacosaurusrspb.royalsocietypublishing.or…
78- Description of dromaeosaurid Linheraptormapress.com/zootaxa/2010/f/z02…
79- Description of heterodontosaurid Fruitadensrspb.royalsocietypublishing.or…
80- Taxonomic observations of Iguanodontidae: mapress.com/zootaxa/2010/f/z02…
81- Insights into Neocomian Ornithopods of England: www.ville-ge.ch/mhng/paleo/pal…
82- Description of ankylosaurid Minotaurasauruswww.dinosaures-web.com/sites/d…
83- Description of proceratosaurid Kileskuswww.zin.ru/journals/trudyzin/d…
84- Revised osteology of all known elements of Ceratosaurusugspub.nr.utah.gov/publication…
85- Simplified phylogeny of Ornithischia: www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G104/…
86- Revision of Great Britain's dinosaur specimens: darrennaish.files.wordpress.co…
87- Cranial anatomy of Citipati and revision of Oviraptordigitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace…
88- Triassic records of Ornithischia: socrates.berkeley.edu/~irmisr/…
89- Description of caenagnathoid Nomingiaapp.pan.pl/archive/published/a…
90- Phylogeny of Ankylosauria: www.palass-pubs.org/palaeontol…
91- Insights into Megapnosaurus taxonomy: socrates.berkeley.edu/~irmisr/…
92- Description of carcharodontosaurid Mapusaurusdinonews.net/rubriq/docs/2006_…
93- Skull anatomy of Fabrosauruswww.palass-pubs.org/palaeontol…
94- Simplified phylogeny of Sauropodomorpha: www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G104/…
95- Description of allosauroid Concavenatorpagina.jccm.es/museociencias/O…
96- Evolution of vertebrae in Sauropodomorpha: www.paleoglot.org/files/Bonapa…
97- Description of alvarezsaurid Bonapartenykuswww.dinosaures-web.com/sites/d…
98- Description of a new specimen of Spinosaurusdocuments.irevues.inist.fr/bit…
99- Insights into Deinonychus osteology: www.sciencebuff.org/content/fi…
100- Dinosauria supertree: palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/macro/su…
101- Description of gigantic titanosaur Dreadnoughtuswww.nature.com/srep/2014/14090…
102- Description of mamenchisaurid Huangshanglongwww.ivpp.cas.cn/cbw/gjzdwxb/xb…
103- Description of ankylosaurid Ziapeltawww.plosone.org/article/info%3…
104- Evidence of bone paleopathology in titanosaur Uberabatitanapp.box.com/s/94vadkh9vil8p804…
105- Description of new remains of oviraptorosaur Caenagnathasiaapp.box.com/s/b9rtne1addybdix6…
106- Descroption of autapomorphic theropod Chilesaurusapp.box.com/s/hsklp6c3byxt5ktb…
107- Description of alvarezsaurid Albertonykusdigitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace…
108- Description of a new species of Saurornitholesteswww.academia.edu/12172255/A_ne…
109- Description of juvenile postcranial remains of Pinacosaurus grangeriapp.box.com/s/xdb6a6ow2rchacao…
110- Evidence of paleopathology in a new specimen of Allosauruspeerj.com/articles/940/
111- Perinates of a new species of Iguanodondl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18…
112- Description of the micoraptorine dromaeosaurid Zhenyuanlongwww.nature.com/srep/2015/15071…
113- Discussion about Protoceratops sexual dimorphism: journals.plos.org/plosone/arti…
114- Cranial anatomy of canadian tyrannosaurids: www.app.pan.pl/archive/publish…
115- Description of Hell Creek's giant dromaeosaurid Dakotaraptorkuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstrea…
116- Description of chaoyangsaurid Hualianceratopsjournals.plos.org/plosone/arti…
117- Description of leptoceratopsid Ischioceratopsjournals.plos.org/plosone/arti…

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