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Playing with Saurian's Genericometer
There's a dinosaur game in development called Saurian. Have you heard of it? You should really check out! It's shaping up to be super cool and extremely rigorous when it comes to science and coming up with accurate portrayals of an extinct ecosystem. Check ...
There's a dinosaur game in development called Saurian. Have you heard of it? You should really check out! It's shaping up to be super cool and extremely rigorous when it comes to science and coming up with accurate portrayals...
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To make it clear, it's the assumed "parrotlike" degree of versatile heterospecific vocal mimicry I would find somewhat implausible. As far as I'm aware, and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, most if not all versatile heterospecific vocal mimics among birds are members of Psittacopasserae. Psittacopasserae appear to have a degree of heterospecific vocal learning not recorded yet in other birds (hummingbirds are also vocal learners, but this so far seems to be only among conspecifics). Psittacopasserae also includes the birds considered most intelligent; although this doesn't appear to be directly studied yet to my knowledge (again, feel free to correct me), a correlation would not be surprising (corvids and African gray parrots are known versatile vocal mimics and infamously intelligent). Learned heterospecific vocal mimicry could imply a degree of intelligence that, while not impossible, may not be likely in a non-neornithean dinosaur such as Anzu. For what it's worth, among mammals instances of heterospecific vocal mimicry appear to be found mostly in the likes of cetaceans, elephants, Frank Welker...

Among non-Psittacopasserans (Psittacopasseraeans?) heterospecific vocal mimicry doesn't seem to be as versatile. As far as I'm aware (again, feel free to correct me), recorded instances tend to only mimic one model, and do not appear to be learned (e.g. burrowing owl chicks imitating rattlesnakes as defense), having more in common with more "traditional" forms of mimicry than what, say, a lyrebird does. Something like this might be more plausible for a non-neornithean dinosaur.

(Cuckoo chicks are a bit of an outlier here, as they can mimic two other species (i.e. potential hosts) and adjust their begging calls for maximum response in the host. The mimicking per se doesn't appear to be learned, though, and nest parasitism seems to drive this)

Sources:
Araya-Salas, M., Wright, T. 2013. Open-ended song learning in a hummingbird. Biology Letters, 9(5).
Dalziell, A.H., Welbergen, J.A., Igib, B., Magrath, R.D. 2015. Avian vocal mimicry: a unified conceptual framework. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc., 90(2):643-68.

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The First Feathered Dinosaurs (In Art)
The first illustration of a hypothetical "pro-avis" by Pycraft, 1906 Feathered non-avialan dinosaurs seem commonplace now, and it's hard to believe that there was a time, in living memory for some of us, when they were purely speculative. It makes sense, of...
The first illustration of a hypothetical "pro-avis" by Pycraft, 1906 Feathered non-avialan dinosaurs seem commonplace now, and it's hard to believe that there was a time, in living memory for some of us, when they were purely...
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The Crane and the Microraptor
Quick post on a recent taxonomy fail: I checked my Wikipedia account this morning to discover that several protobirds had been reclassified. Aurornis , Anchiornis , Xiaotingia , and some microraptorians were now displaying the family name "Tetrapterygidae"....
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Ironically, for an adult triceratops this size, it was more accurate at this stage before they added the big triangular epiossifications to the frill.
 
The Triceratops takes form.

Image: master character #FX artist Joey Orosco sculpting in clay the sick #Triceratops for JURASSIC PARK (1993) at #StanWinstonStudio. More about this big guy inside our Blog: http://bit.ly/13drFS1

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The Brontosaurus Club
Brontosaurus excelsus - the triumphant return. By M. Martyniuk, all rights reserved. By now, anybody who's interested in paleontology, and their mother, and their great uncle, have probably heard the news: Brontosaurus is back! Of course, the more technical...
Brontosaurus excelsus - the triumphant return. By M. Martyniuk, all rights reserved. By now, anybody who's interested in paleontology, and their mother, and their great uncle, have probably heard the news: Brontosaurus is bac...
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Is Jurassic World Stealing from Independent Illustrators?
Sorry for the clickbait title. The answer is yes. Yes they are. It's one thing when toy companies do it . It's quite another when a big-budget Hollywood movie starts stealing the work of independent paleoartists and illustrators for use in their production ...
Sorry for the clickbait title. The answer is yes. Yes they are. It's one thing when toy companies do it. It's quite another when a big-budget Hollywood movie starts stealing the work of independent paleoartists and illustrato...
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You're Doing It Wrong: Microraptor Tails and Mini-Wings
Type specimen of Zhenyuanlong , doing its best Archaeopteryx impression. Just a short PSA today, and once again, it's about a paleoart meme that has outstayed its welcome. Microraptor was the first time we got a good look at the feather pattern of dromaeosa...
Type specimen of Zhenyuanlong, doing its best Archaeopteryx impression. Just a short PSA today, and once again, it's about a paleoart meme that has outstayed its welcome. Microraptor was the first time we got a good look at t...
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From what I've seen it looks like they usually begin on the proximal phalange of digit 2.

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The Year of the Ceratopsian Ankylosaurs
Life restoration of a stegosaur- I mean ankylosaur ( Ankylosaurus magniventris ) by Emily Willoughby ,  CC-BY-SA. When digging into the history of North American fossil interpretation for the eventual next edition of my Beasts of Antiquity series, one thing...
Life restoration of a stegosaur- I mean ankylosaur (Ankylosaurus magniventris) by Emily Willoughby,  CC-BY-SA. When digging into the history of North American fossil interpretation for the eventual next edition of my Beasts o...
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The American Museum Brontosaur - A History In Pictures
The wooden model used to explore poses for the original brontosaur mount is now on display beside the revised mount at the AMNH. Photo by the author. Here's one more post to commemorate the revival of the name Brontosaurus for the beast formerly known as Ap...
The wooden model used to explore poses for the original brontosaur mount is now on display beside the revised mount at the AMNH. Photo by the author. Here's one more post to commemorate the revival of the name Brontosaurus fo...
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The Evolving View of Stegosaurus
Mounted skeleton of Stegosaurus ungulatus at the Carnegie Museum. The tail, plate, and spike arrangement have been updated in this mount to reflect current thinking following the study by Carpenter (1998). Photo by Perry Quan , CC-By-SA 2.0. Seeing as how I...
Mounted skeleton of Stegosaurus ungulatus at the Carnegie Museum. The tail, plate, and spike arrangement have been updated in this mount to reflect current thinking following the study by Carpenter (1998). Photo by Perry Quan...
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Raiders of Dinosaur Art: Rampant Plagiarism by Toy Companies
Look Familiar? Greetings, goss hounds! Last time, I mentioned that Darren Naish, Mark Witton, and John Conway recently  published an article on the (shameful) state of  paleoart  as used in professional and commercial contexts. This was in reference to toy ...
Look Familiar? Greetings, goss hounds! Last time, I mentioned that Darren Naish, Mark Witton, and John Conway recently published an article on the (shameful) state of  paleoart as used in professional and commercial contexts...
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Matthew P. Martyniuk is an illustrator and science educator specializing in Mesozoic birds and avian evolution. He has been drawing prehistoric flora and fauna since he first held a pencil, and became fascinated with the dinosaur/bird transition after discovering a copy of Gregory S. Paul’s Predatory Dinosaurs of the World at his local library. His illustrations and diagrams have appeared in a variety of books, news articles, and television programs from Discovery, the Smithsonian, and the BBC, and he publishes the paleontological blog DinoGoss.

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  • Macquarie University
    International Relations, 2007 - 2007
  • University of Scranton
    Education, 2000 - 2005
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