I’ve been unearthing a Diadiaphorus skull the last weeks of December at the paleo lab of the local university (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba U.N.C.)
Plate II from the Reports of the Princeton University Expeditions to Patagonia, 1896-1899. (J. B. Hatcher in charge. Edited by William B. Scott.)
The full book is free to download here at the Biodiversity Heritage Library website.
During such delightful times, working with this beautifully preserved fossil from the santacrucian miocene beds, I was able to see and touch very deep of its anatomy, and this lead me to sketch and explore for a new look for this extinct little animal.
Some of the first attempts were without references during the holidays…
… but when I went back home I took it more seriously and performed the whole process of bone measuring and addition of soft tissues.
So going on details lets me set a solid animal, with a more real look.
And then I can put it on a (easy) grassy landscape!
I really hope you like it! Have a great 2014!