Going though some old files I realised that I’ve still not got round to showing off everything from the Dinosaur Expo in Tokyo last year! There’s still a handful of exhibits with are worth putting up on here and chief among them is this pair of very basal dinosaurs Eoraptor (above) and Eodromaeus (below).
I did once see a cast of the Eoraptor holotype briefly and it did look rather flattened, though mostly complete, so I assume the mount above is a fair representation, though I also assume it’s mostly sculpted rather than cast. Hard to tell really from a distance and this was one of the things I didn’t have time to examine in detail so I’m afraid I don’t know. As for Eodromaeus, a look through my files tells me I don’t have a copy of the paper with me on my laptop but a quick google suggests it’s mostly complete and preserved in a pretty good condition.
As usual for things this close to the base of a major radiation, the exact phylogenetic status of these animals is not entirely certain. Described as a basal theropod, Eoraptor has since been recovered as a basal sauropodomorph and I don’t think it would be a major surprise if Eodromaeus ever moved a few nodes around the tree at some point.