Most of the time when dinosaur skeletons are found, scientists are lucky to find the bones in any sort of arrangement even remotely resembling a skeleton. Time and geology and whatever else usually rearranges bones, heaps one dino’s bones on another… it’s a big mess. So it was astounding when a dig in Mexico revealed the skeletal remains of a tail that are nearly as perfectly placed as when the dinosaur was alive.
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Everyone knows that if you’re being chased by a dinosaur, the best thing you can do is get in a boat and row away, because obviously, dinosaurs can’t swim. Except some of them could, specifically, a kind of tyrannosaur that was apparently fond of swimming across rivers. Where’s your dino god now?
First it was dinosaurs with wings, now some paleontologists think that some dinosaurs might have fed their offspring with milk, or at least a milk-like substance rich in antibodies and growth hormones. Some birds like flamingos and penguins do it, so it’s actually not that much of a stretch to think that some dinos may have as well.
Disney’s ‘Dinosaurs’ was a low point in Disney’s history, even though it was one of their first non-Pixar computer animated films. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get over dinosaurs with human-like teeth. That just bugged the shit out of me. But now it looks like I was wrong— there apparently was at least one dinosaur that had creepy human teeth.
When 11 year old cousins Eric Stamatin and Andrew Gainariu went fishing, it was supposed to be like any kid’s fishing trips, but instead of bringing home a big fish, the two boys ended up discovering a 13,000 year old mastodon bone. And mastodons are definitely cooler than pond fish.
When things like dinosaur bones come out of the ground, after they’re neatly packed and labeled, they often go into storage either at a museum or university to await study. And sometimes, they sit there in storage for a really long time before anyone knows exactly what was found. Case in point is a dinosaur skeleton 10-15 million years older than anything on record that had been chilling in London’s Natural History museum since the 1930s.
It’s one thing to look at fossils to determine the size and general shape of a dinosaur, but trying to figure out external features that would have been shaped by soft tissue is another. Some scientists think sauropod may have had a trunk like an elephant, but because that would have been constructed from muscle and tendons, no one really knows.
Triceratops was a cool dinosaur, but the recently discovered xenocerotops is even cooler. Xenocerotops was so named upon its discovery because of its badass arrangement of facial horns that makes it look like something out of sci-fi.
Earlier this years, paleontologists came upon a 95 year old skull fragment that they later concluded didn’t belong to any known dinosaur species. This new species, a relative of Allosaurus, was named “Sauron” after the evil demonic character from Lord of the Rings.
Without a big advance in genetics technology, it’s not a fight that’s going to ever happen, but if it could— and it probably once did— who would win in a one-on-one weapons-free brawl between a Neanderthal and a Homo sapien? The Neanderthal has the definite weight and strength advantage, but humans have more endurance, are quicker and are smarter. It’s like a classic brains vs brawn comic book brawl…
After being fed a lifetime of pictures of featherless dinos, it still may be hard to wrap one’s head around some dinosaurs being feathered. At least it is for me. But for those beasts of death that did have feathers, apparently they did so because it was sexy, not because they were flying or anything.