I love the way Mark Witton adds his artwork to his papers… this time a group of Istiodactylus feeding on a Stegosaurus corpse. It makes them feel like a coffee table book. Speaking of which… looking froward to that finally coming out.
Where’s the image, you ask? It’s in the paper. It wouldn’t feel right to post it here… that’d be like ripping the page out. The context also helps appreciate the amount of work that goes into such a reconstruction – including the plausibility of the scene:
“Istiodactylid skulls – and particularly that of I. latidens – appear to show a similar blend of carnivorous adaptations without any reinforcement for predation, suggesting that the scavenging hypothesis is the most compelling habit for these pterosaurs suggested to date”