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Friday, February 25, 2011

Today's Dinosaur News: Douchebags with Dino-Skulls

Posted by on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Apparently Newt Gingrich recently bragged on Twitter about his tyrannosaurus skull:

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  • via wonkette

Wonkette asks if it's legal for Gingrich to keep a dinosaur's skull in his office. This depends on whether it's a real fossil or a cast, and if it's real then where the skull originated. (Casts are very common, and even major museums often have only casts of fossils.) Legally it's probably fine, but as much as I would LOVE to have my own dinosaur skull, I think we're better served as a society with rare fossils preserved and accessible to everyone. So screw you, Newt. Douchebag.

This reminded me of another douchebag with a dino-skull, Nicolas Cage. In 2007 he out-bid Leonardo DiCaprio, paying $276,000 for a skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, alternately identified as a Tarbosaurus ("alarming lizard"...not as tough as "tyrant lizard"). Either way it was an Asian relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex. And either way screw you too, Cage. Douchebag.

 

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care bear 1
Will somebody in the office please send a memo to all Stranger staffers (ahem, Paul) that Mr. Cage does not spell his name with an h?
Posted by care bear on February 25, 2011 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Mary P. Traverse 2
@1 Whatever, it's not our fault he spells it wrong. :) Anyway, fixed it.
Posted by Mary P. Traverse http://dinosaurnews.tumblr.com on February 25, 2011 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
I think the skull is from the last Republican Speaker of the House.

Calling it a dinosaur skull is an affront to dinosaurs.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 25, 2011 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Posted by psbirch on February 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Kinison 5
Most of them are casts, the bones are so fragile that most would break if moved. Usually you have to apply a layer of glue or liquid that strengthens the bone/skull, long enough to make a cast.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on February 25, 2011 at 2:30 PM · Report this
venomlash 6
@5: Typical procedure when working with large fossils is to paint every surface with epoxy resin or similar as soon as it is exposed.
Posted by venomlash on February 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM · Report this
sirkowski 7
Nicolas cage also buys a shit load of trylobites.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on February 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM · Report this
JF 8
More importantly, does he own any mosquitos fossilized in sap?!?!
Posted by JF on February 25, 2011 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
@8 no, I think he just has some amber with grains inside so he can hold it while singing "Amber waves of grain".
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Mary P. Traverse 10
@7 I'm fine with trilobites: they're common and plentiful. They sell them in gift shops.
Posted by Mary P. Traverse http://dinosaurnews.tumblr.com on February 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM · Report this
pissy mcslogbot 11
pffft!!! to Newts' implication that t rex thought it was all that;

maybe they did overcompensate a bit for the small forelimbs and put on some airs but c'mon, we all know the real self involved, haughty dinosaur jerks were the brachiosauruses.
Posted by pissy mcslogbot on February 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM · Report this
OuterCow 12
I highly doubt the office was big enough to hold a t-rex skull comfortably, if they could manage to get it through the doors in the first place. No, since it's Newt Gingrich we're talking about here, it's much more likely that he's making the whole thing up.
Posted by OuterCow on February 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 13
there's a guy on mercer island with a fully intact dinosaur skeleton in his living room, too, but i can't remember what kind. it's about the size of a horse. apparently he bought it at some kind of auction for an insane amount of money with the intention of donating it to a museum, but then the museum couldn't fit it or something, so he got stuck with it.
Posted by mr. herriman on February 25, 2011 at 4:26 PM · Report this
15
Museums and libraries are notorious for jealously guarding their collections. Access to artifacts and writings is nowhere near what it should be so don't assume that individual owners are some kind of selfish scourge on the world of knowledge.
Posted by jenesasquatch on February 26, 2011 at 8:06 AM · Report this

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