The Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated: Skin & Bones II: Clay-dograms, 2013, digital files.


Chris did a lengthy interactive project with many people, Skin & Bones II, where people covered plastic dinosaur skeletons in clay in an attempt to make the dinosaurs look like what the people thought the dinosaurs looked like in real life. Then he analyzed the skeletons' morphology according to over 30 visual characteristics.

For Clay-dograms, he took all the data about the skeletons' morphology and fed it into Mesquite, a program that paleontologists usually use to create cladograms (sets of evolutionary relationships) based on real fossils' morphologies. He broke the data down by the species of the original plastic dinosaur, then used the program to find the visual relationships that existed among the clay models.

There is one cladogram per species. They are shaded from dark to light, depending on how many steps a particular model is from its original "visual ancestor."


Documentation:

You may download high-resolution PDFs of each Clay-dogram here.

Brachiosaurus

Dilophosaurus

Dimetrodon

Hadrosaurus

Iguanodon

Pachycephalosaurus

Parasaurolophus

Pteranodon

Stegosaurus

Styracosaurus

Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus

 

 

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