There exists a term, that I have heard and forgotten it appears, for taking a described species in paleontology and creating a version of what it was like in life.

For example, a prior [insert this term here] for T Rex had it upright and dragging it's tail, while a more recent [insert term again] has shown a much more horizontal and rigid body plan.

I know you 'describe' it formally when you identify it from remains, and 'mount' when you set up a specific set of remains. But what is it when you interpret those remains to a specific form?

  • $\begingroup$ Realization? Re-creation? Interpretation? Depiction? Illustration? Imagination? $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2018 at 4:16

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The term you are looking for is reconstruction (as in Forensic facial reconstruction).

You can find it used on the wikipedia articles for Fossil cave and for Transitional fossil or in the post In reconstructions, how are various shapes of facial features determined from skull only? for examples.


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