Fossil Butte National Monument

Extinct Birds

These birds were created in the same way we build our feathered dinosaurs.  By using the fossil evidence we're able to reconstruct these in three dimensions.  The challenges with this project: the fossil material is all flattened like roadkill, so distortion must be compensated for and removed in constructing the three-dimensional animal.  For this project, there was a mural by Velizar Simeonovski that we needed to match in regard to coloration and overall form.  The biggest challenge was the raptor because of the limited post cranial material.

Pseudocrypturus cercanaxius

bird fossil pseudocrypturus cercanaxius
extinct bird pseudocrypturus cercanaxius reconstruction
extinct bird pseudocrypturus cercanaxius reconstruction

Gallinuloides wyomingensis

bird fossil gallinuloides wyomingensis
extinct bird reconstruction gallinuloides wyomingensis
extinct bird reconstruction gallinuloides wyomingensis

Eozygodactylus americanus

extinct bird fossil eozygodactylus americanus
extinct bird reconstruction eozygodactylus americanus
extinct bird reconstruction eozygodactylus americanus

Primitive raptor (yet to be described)

extinct bird raptor fossil
extinct bird undescribed raptor reconstruction
extinct bird undescribed raptor reconstruction