... and I'd like to add another: walking to the toilet, making for a very quick visit and panicky jog back to my desk to write the idea down!
Need I say more? The above image is a beautiful reconstruction by paleoartist/ palaeontographer Rodolfo Nogueira of Gondwanasuchus scabrosus, a newly described terrestrial crocodyliform from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil (Marinho et al., 2013).
The best thing about this artwork is the palette: no boring 'standard' reptilian browns or greys here. It's also a reminder that these were once living, breathing, complex creatures with complicated lives, that roamed Gondwana 83-89 million years ago.
About the author
Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist who recently finished her PhD at The University of Queensland, studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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