Category Archives: anatomy

Theropod Thursday 51: a Spechtschmiede

It’s been a very long time since the last Theropod Thursday post, and I promise to increase the posting ratio a bit in the near future. Theropods are cool – after all, they are the sister group to the really … Continue reading

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Measuring Giraffatitan’s limbs

TL; DR: loads cool pics of dinosaurs at end of post. Recently, a colleague contacted me via email. He wanted to know if he could use the opportunity of his Berlin visit for SVP to climb up a ladder and … Continue reading

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Holding hands with Plateosaurus

Although I did not start my professional career in palaeontology as a dinosaur researcher, but (can you believe it?) as a palaeobotanist, the Upper Triassic basal sauropodomorph dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti from Central Europe has been accompanying me for a very … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 2013

Someone asked for it, so you get it: photos from the giraffe limb dissection I just completed with John of the Freezers and Daniela Schwarz-Wings at the Royal Veterinary College London. I put them is as link because they are … Continue reading

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Science sneak preview update

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. the fiddling pays off: hind limb muscles of Plateosaurus engelhardti, with some corrections made following hints from my colleagues Vivian Allen and John R. ‘The Hutch’ Hutchinson, and with wrapping objects in. This one is ready … Continue reading

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Pathetic, awesome giraffe necks

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch. Most of you have probably read the SV-POW! posts on giraffe and sauropods necks (here, here, here, here), including the latest post and the paper it deals with (Taylor & Wedel 2013 – Yay for open … Continue reading

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Darwin Day 2013 at the RVC

It is my last day here at the Royal Veterinary College London, and what better place to spend Darwin Day (wikipedia and Darwin Day Foundation) than here? Just look at this photo of a small part of John of the … Continue reading

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Coming up: giraffe times at the RVC

Tomorrow I am heading over to London to spend a few days with John of the Freezers Hutchinson and Vivian Allen at the Royal Veterinary College. We’ll be doing SIMM modelling of giraffe limbs – yay! You may remember that … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 30: stuffed full of stuffed birds

A somewhat unusual subject for today: stuffed birds! No, not the kind you serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but birds prepared as museum specimens by experts taxidermists.

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Theropod Thursday 20: taking a stand

Sometimes, it is a bit confusing when people use human terms – anatomical but also vernacular – for animals. “dorsally” comes to mind, when people use it interchangeably with “cranially”. In humans it’s the same direction, in most animals it’s … Continue reading

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How cats can pro- and supinate

Pronation and supination are the motions of twisting your palm to face down and up, respectivly (assuming the lower arm is held horizontally). That’s achieved by having the radius crossing the ulna or parallel. This picture shows the difference nicely. … Continue reading

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Mammal Monday 18 out of John’s freezer AGAIN! (+ non-gore pics)

If you think you’ve seen this before, you’re partly correct: you have seen these people, you have seen this individual non-human mammal, but you haven’t seen this body part yet. Today we finally started the giraffe hind limb dissection! John … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 4: still more front limb

It is high time I show you my co-dissector Sebastian Marpmann! Sebastian holds a Masters in Geology, and (German Science Foundation willing) will pursue a doctorate at the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt-University in Berlin studying rhinoceros locomotion – with … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 3: that front limb ain’t done yet!

Yesterday, Sebastian and I started getting the muscle architecture data we’d previously not been measuring. John taught us how to do that, then left us to our own devices. But first, he pulled the cooked-clean scapula out of the boiler. … Continue reading

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Giraffe dissection 2: more of the front limb

I’ll try to keep the blood and gore to a minimum, promise. However, this post and (hopefully) a few follow-ons will have a lot of parts-of-a-dead-animal images, so you’re squeamish better forgo reading below the jump. After John had taken … Continue reading

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