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Friday, October 14, 2011

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM

You guys: screw kittens, baby hippos, and corgi puppies. THIS is the cutest animal post EVER!

An adorable juvenile theropod skeleton was discovered in Bavaria, and seriously, click the link, it is freakin' CUTE.

Originally reported in the German newspaper Der Spiegel and later mentioned by the Nature news blog, the new specimen is a nearly complete juvenile theropod dinosaur. Even better, traces of skin and possible feathers can be seen on the fossil. Contrary to those reports, though, the specimen is geologically older than the 135 million years attributed to it in the press. The geological and preservational qualities of the fossil look identical to those from the famous Jurassic limestones that have yielded so many other exceptional fossils.

I wanna get that baby tattooed on my shoulder. SQUEEEE!


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carriemcc 1
Oh man, I never thought a skeleton could be so cute!
Posted by carriemcc on October 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Wait, 135 million years old ...

Are you sure it's a baby?
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM · Report this
What does it mean when a person can't tell when other people are kidding? I think I might have that.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on October 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Cute? Wow, you've been smoking some great shit...
Posted by Approaching 40 in LA on October 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM · Report this
That is so beautiful. Possible feathers!!!!
Posted by gloomy gus on October 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM · Report this
rob! 6
Whurr fezzers??
Posted by rob! on October 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM · Report this
Where a pod? Theropod!
Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on October 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM · Report this
carriemcc 8
In my imagination, that baby dino skeleton is doing the Snoopy happy dance. Like this!…
Posted by carriemcc on October 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 9
Those organisms managed to evolve and go extinct without your anachronistic infantilization. Dinosaurs shouldn't be reduced to some lame "my pretty pony" irreaility. That sort of fantasization demeans actual nature. Biology is beautiful enough.
Posted by thatsnotright on October 15, 2011 at 1:31 AM · Report this
Vince 10
Older than 135 million. 150 million! That could change what we know about feathered theropods. And I personally speculate about warm bloodedness.
Posted by Vince on October 15, 2011 at 2:08 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 11
Now we all know that according to Jesus and most members of Congress that can't be any older than 6000 years.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM · Report this

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