A History of Skeletal Drawings
March 28, 2011 2:29 PM   Subscribe

Heh. Three of the related posts are by me.
posted by brundlefly at 2:41 PM on March 28, 2011

Saved to read later. But I'm going to comment beforehand:

One of the annoying things about raising a 3yo boy on dinosaurs (mostly by pretty darn accurate PBS kids TV) is finding books in the library that aren't way out of date. Even books that are only 5 or so years old come off as all wrong.

Looking forward to reading this.
posted by toekneebullard at 3:00 PM on March 28, 2011

brundlefly: Heh. Three of the related posts are by me.

Maybe you're infected by Dino DNA?

Anyway, great post! I've heard a bit of the changes in understanding of dinosaur over the decades past, but never to this detail (and there were people involved with those shifts!) - thanks!
posted by filthy light thief at 3:03 PM on March 28, 2011

Wonderful post, thanks brundlefly. You inspired some googling.

Whale | Mammoth | stillborns | search results at Heritage images |

Death and the maiden.

Adding more to the skeletal mix: Pacman, Donald Duck, Tweetie Bird and cartoon others; on etsy and the Michael Paulus gallery.

Day of the Dead Star Wars.
posted by nickyskye at 4:02 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]

Thanks, nickyskye! Although it looks like your whale link points at the Star Wars/Day of the Dead page.
posted by brundlefly at 4:07 PM on March 28, 2011

An interesting read, thank you for this.
posted by Jehan at 4:51 PM on March 28, 2011

Very cool. When I worked in my advisor's vertebrate paleo lab during undergrad, I was responsible for a lot of fossil preparation. One of the guys I was trying to put together had a fairly distorted skull, and I was having a hard time figuring out exactly what I was looking at. Unfortunately, there hadn't been much published on this particular species, and I was lacking in good images to compare my fossil to. Fortunately, the guy who discovered it was a former student of my advisor, and had actually taken the skull with him to a tattoo parlor and had it tattooed on his back. My advisor had a picture of this guy's shoulder blade with a lovely. nearly complete fossil tattooed on his back.

Which is to say that skeletal drawings are awesome and potential useful in nearly any form.
posted by ChuraChura at 5:22 PM on March 28, 2011

Thanks for the nice post. I think you may dig this guy's drawings also:

posted by fantodstic at 5:50 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

That's great, fantodstic! Thanks for the link.
posted by brundlefly at 9:08 PM on March 28, 2011

Sorry about the incorrect link brundlefly. Here's the whale skeleton.
posted by nickyskye at 9:45 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Glad to be of some good use :)
posted by fantodstic at 10:42 PM on March 29, 2011

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