Posts Tagged: dinosaurs

Greeting the World's Largest Dinosaur, Then and Now


Then, 1905:

Now: "Dreadnoughtus schrani"

Then: "Tyrannosaurus Rex"

Now: It stood two stories high at the shoulder. Its tail was almost as long as a city bus. And it tipped the scales at some 65 tons – heavier than a fully loaded semi-truck.

Meet Dreadnoughtus schrani, a newly discovered dinosaur and one of the most massive land animals of all time. And it's not just a heavyweight. Never before has anyone found so many representative pieces of a super-large dinosaur.



The Armored, Possibly Dinosaur-Eating "Devil Frog"

Hello, class, and welcome to Today In Frogs. Today's frog is called the Devil Frog, by scientists, for real. Above you will find an artist's rendering of it eating a dinosaur (?) (!).

The Devil Frog, Beelzebufo ampinga, lived about 70 million years ago in Gondwana (fossils are now found mostly in Madagascar). Back in 2008, some scientists decided it was the biggest frog that ever lived, the size of a "squashed beach ball," which apparently is about 16 inches long, and that it probably ate baby dinosaurs. An artist promptly drew that picture of a frog eating a dinosaur, thank you artist.


Dinosaur Old

Is this the world's oldest dinosaur? Sure, why the hell not.


Squirrel Frenches Toy

Here you will find a picture of a squirrel making out with a plastic dinosaur.


Horniest Dinosaur Ever Discovered In Utah

It's always funny to read about the discovery of "new dinosaurs." It's like when the original incarnation of Spinal Tap then called "The Originals" found out there was another band called "The Originals," and so they had to change their name to "The New Originals." (Which is a much better names, really.) Anyway, a new, or at least, heretofore undiscovered, type of dinosaur has indeed been found in Utah.

Scientists have named it Kosmocerotops. It's a close relative of the Triceratops, the famous rhinoceros-like plant-eater that has the big, armor-plated head with three horns. ("Cerotops" is Greek for "horned face.") But the Kosmocerotops, which lived around the Great [...]


Everything You Thought You Knew About Anomalocaris Is Wrong

Crack bit of paleontological detective work detailed in a new Nature article about Anomalocaris, a three-foot-long shrimp-like creature widely believed to have dominated the seas of the Paleozoic era's Cambrian period by "hunting and eating hard-shelled prey such as trilobites." In a recent computer-assisted analysis of fossilized Anomalocaris mouth parts, Amherst College's Whitey Hagadorn determined that the "Tyranosaurus rex of the Cambrian" lacked the chomping power to match its reputation. "Everyone shows it grabbing trilobites and munching them. Like a cookie monster," Hagadorn says. "Not possible." Hagadorn suggests Anomalocaris subsisted on a softer diet of jellyfish and worms, or maybe just filtered plankton. In turn, Hagedorn's colleagues insist [...]


A Night Walking with Dinosaurs

Earlier this month, the Barclays Center was filled with children and animatronic dinosaurs. Both of them made a lot of noise. "Walking With Dinosaurs" was an approximately two-hour long show, hosted by a man with an Australian accent in a leather duster who claimed to be a paleontologist. His name was Huxley, and he invited us to join him on a journey through time, "to see how far dusting off a few old bones can take us."

There were no bones, but the kids in the audience didn’t care. "That dinosaur is pretty big," observed the young man next to me. "Are they gonna fight?" he asked his [...]


Size Of Dinosaur Doody Debated

How large was dinosaur doody?


Don't Hold Your Breath On That 'Screwing Dinosaurs' Fossil Discovery

"What, exactly, 'dinosaur style' looked like has been a subject of frequent speculation but very little rigorous research, and no dinosaurs have ever been found fossilized in the act to show us how it was done. But does this mean that we’ll never find dinosaur sex preserved in stone?"


Please Bring Back "Jurassic Fight Club"!

"Jurassic Fight Club" was a one-season series on the History Channel, and I am a dedicated fan. I’d bet I’m one of about six people in the world who can claim this, and I am definitely the only one with a full set of adult teeth. I consumed all twelve gripping episodes. I follow the host, “Dinosaur George” Blasing on Twitter, and I hold the high score in their online game Turf Wars. I also hold the #2, #5 and #9 spots, presumably because I’ve been competing against four-year-olds.

Part of the allure of "Jurassic Fight Club" derives from the History Channel’s general brand of madness. [...]


Pssst, Wanna Buy A Raptorex Skull?

"Sereno, who has conducted extensive fieldwork in the region, says he has visited villages where the fossil trade is the livelihood for the majority of residents… He recalls entering one tunnel in China, guided by candlelight, that was dug by hand about 900 feet into the side of the mountain. 'There were no wood supports or anything. It was so deep in the side of the mountain, it actually went through an entire valley,' he says. 'There is an untold number of people-probably not thousands, but hundreds-that have been buried alive in the course of trying to find these dinosaurs.'" -Interesting Indiana-Jonesy story in Popular Mechanics about University of [...]


History Revised

Now in a discovery reported by an international team in the journal Science, the new dinosaur species, Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus (KOO-lin-dah-DRO-mee-us ZAH-bike-kal-ik-kuss), suggests that feathers were all in the family. That's because the newly unearthed 4.5-foot-long (1.5 meter) two-legged runner was an "ornithischian" beaked dinosaur, belonging to a group ancestrally distinct from past theropod discoveries.

So, says the study's lead author, "[f]eathers are not a characteristic [just] of birds but of all dinosaurs." The de-lizarding of dinosaurs has been a gradual humiliation, not just for the creatures themselves but for generations of children who lent them their most imaginative years. Now there are only feathers and teeth.


14% Slowdown In PC Sales Probably Just Like When Giant Asteroid Struck Earth

"Yes, a meteor or comet was the death blow. But the giant lizards were already in trouble when the impact came. Giant herbivores that reached 80 tons had deforested more and more land and had to go far and wide for food. The predators and scavengers that lived off of them struggled to keep up. It wasn’t exactly good times before the sky would go dark and the volcanoes would erupt." —This must be from an article about … dinosaurs? No, not literal dinosaurs. Some kind of change in habits or industry, perhaps a "game changer" of some kind? Maybe it's about Windows 7, or Windows 8, or? Let's [...]


Dinosaurs in Space: A Paleocosmological Rebuttal

Last week, chemist Ronald Breslow made a splash the size of the Yucatan crater with the greatest non-sequitur in the history of academic papers: he decided that the concept of chirality (that is, a molecule’s dominant orientation) probably means that there are Star Destroyers manned by T-Rexes floating around in our galaxy.

Well, friends, here we go again. Breslow is yet another legitimate scientist who is clearly trying to nose his way into the highly exclusive field of mad science. Listen, I didn’t go through 1.21 years at the fictional Emmett Brown College just to have some highly trained, intellectually rigorous and eminently qualified thinker like Breslow swoop [...]


Sauropod Swindle! The Monstrous Lies of "The World's Largest Dinosaurs"

“Leave it as at is,” Theodore Roosevelt once said about the wonders of the Precambrian: “The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”

What a scandal that the institution co-founded by his father—and with Teddy Roosevelt's own outlandish equestrian statue out front, flanked by Red Indians—would prove the great man so pitifully right about history. (And in 2011, no less: the centennial of his legendary Bull Moose break from the Republican Party.)

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs—which opened at the American Museum of Natural History on April 16th and plays (if that can be the word for this inert, child-sneering exhibit) through the year—purports to [...]


I Am Proud To Live In A World Where We Can Watch Dinosaurs Fucking

I don't know what you guys have planned for Valentine's Day, but I am going to be parked in front of my TV in rapt attention to what is sure to be the most amazing program of the year. Let's get some of that press release action!