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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Guys, my birthday is on Tuesday. Who's buying this for me?

For Sale: A 150-Million-Year-Old Sauropod Skeleton
...A 19-foot tall sauropod specimen (goes by the name of "Misty"), currently housed at London's Natural History Museum, will be up for auction next month, and is expected to fetch close to a million dollars.

In other, more important dinosaur news, a juvenile parasaurolophus skeleton was discovered in 2009 by then-high school student Kevin Terres. After years of studying the remains scientists published their findings on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Among the many exciting things about this specimen (nicknamed "Joe") is it reveals that the baby probably made adorable tweeting noises:

An adult parasaurolophus.
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  • An adult parasaurolophus.
What makes the duck-billed dino unique is its elongated cranial crest, an unusual back-facing trunk that scientists believe amplified its sounds in a way not dissimilar from a musical instrument. Joe was believed to be less than a year old and had already developed a low bump on his head, shocking scientists who had studied other duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurids). Close relatives to the parasaurolophus develop their less-conspicuous headgear later in life.

"It really helps explain how parasaurolophus got its crest," Farke said. "It did that by starting to grow it much earlier."

Scans of Joe’s cranial crest also show that he and his peers (just 6 feet long) likely had high-pitched "tweets," as opposed to the deeper "woofs" of his elders (who grew up to 25 feet long).

Read more about Baby Joe here and here!

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TomJohnsonJr 1
Mary, I am going to buy you Misty for your birthday. First I'll need to learn how to do one of those Kickstarter thingies, so bear with me. In the meantime, happy almost birthday!
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on October 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I wonder if high pitched tweets were hard to hear by large predators. It would make sense if they could only be heard by the adults.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM · Report this
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I'm glad Tomjohnson is buying you the skeleton, Mary, because I had already picked out something else.
Posted by Clayton on October 24, 2013 at 5:15 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
You should definitely have that skeleton. It's much better than letting Ken Ham get his hands on such priceless treasures.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on October 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this

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