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.
- Fleshy head comb found on Edmontosaurus near Grande Prairie – Edmonton Journal (edmontonjournal.com)
- The dinosaur that looked like a CHICKEN: Edmontosaurus had fleshy ‘rooster comb’ and a beak-like mouth (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Alberta dinosaur’s head adorned with fleshy comb – CBC.ca (cbc.ca)
- It’s a Duck, It’s a Rooster, It’s a … Dinosaur? (livescience.com)
- Duck-billed dinosaur had rooster-like cock comb (newscientist.com)
- Dinosaurs Continue to Baffle Scientists (guardianlv.com)