Edmontosaurus had a comb on its head?

Yep, that’s what I heard.

I just found out about five minutes ago, right after I posted my lastest post – a color drawing of Edmontosaurus – that my lovely drawing which I worked so hard on is inaccurate. The first word out of my mouth was…well, I can’t say it here.

Apparently, a specimen of Edmontosaurus regalis was uncovered, dating to approximately 75 MYA, which sported a rounded fleshy comb right above its eyes. That was completely unexpected. For years, I (and I think everybody) assumed that crests were solid bony things on dinosaurs, like on Parasaurolophus or Lambeosaurus. The idea that a hadrosaur could have a soft wobbly crest on its head like a chicken had never occured to me.

I guess that means that I’ll have to get rid of my drawing, but I don’t want to. All I know is that I’ll have to seriously re-think about how I draw dinosaurs from now on.

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