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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News: Dino News Round-Up!

Posted by on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

ANOTHER giant dinosaur had been identified! The excellently named Rukwatitan was found in Africa.

Dinosaur National Monument rangers are trying to track down vandals that damaged and stole fossils from the park. A $750 reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction.

Mite attacking ant encased in amber is the oldest fossil of its kind.

• Please enjoy Jeff Goldblum singing lyrics to the Jurassic Park theme:

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Titanosaurs are among the largest creatures to walk the earth.
  • via under Public Domain/Creative Commons license.
  • Titanosaurs were lumpin' huge.
Today we learn about Dreadnoughtus schrani, a ginormous sauropod with a freaking awesome name. As Slog-tipper Barry points out, "All dinosaurs should be named by a precocious 11-year-old in possession of a Monster Manual." (Yeah! No more Utahraptor or Albertosaurus. BORING.)

An international team of paleontologists led by Kenneth Lacovara revealed that Dreadnoughtus is a titanosaur, a group of the sauropods that are among the heaviest creatures to ever walk the earth. The fossil was discovered in Argentina in 2005, and is especially unique because it's about 70 percent complete: the largest fossil mass ever found for an individual creature. (The previous record was just 27 percent complete!)

Lacovara's preliminary research shows that Dread hails from the late Cretaceous Period (about 77 million years ago, close to the end of the age of dinosaurs) and lived in high-altitude and heavily forested valleys. By studying the growth rings in Dread's bones, the paleontologists also discovered, to their astonishment, that despite the creature's enormous size, it was growing steadily up until the day it died.

Although Dread is a contender for the title of largest land animal ever, Lacovara explains that such a claim is actually quite complicated. The current, widely accepted champion is a dinosaur called Argentinosaurus. But Argentinosaurus is only known from a handful of fossils (around 5 percent of its total bones,) so its size and dimensions are roughly estimated. For paleontologists, the gold standard for predicting weight and height involve calculations based on several leg bones. And of the calculable dinosaurs, Dred is number 1.

Obviously Dreadnoughtus wins no matter what because of its superior name. (Argentinosaurus. Whatever.) Read more about its magnificence here, and watch videos about the discovery here and here. Seriously. Go watch them: the size of the vertebrae alone is astonishing.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Dont tell mom the babysitters dead.
  • Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Don't tell mom the babysitter's dead.

Today's news: dinosaur babysitter!

Analysis of a group of Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis fossils suggest that one dino in the group was providing daycare:

A new examination of a rock slab containing fossils of 24 very young dinosaurs and one older individual is suggestive of a group of hatchlings overseen by a caretaker, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

The specimen was discovered by amateur paleontologists in China’s Liaoning Province. A 2004 paper on the specimen suggested it may be a nest, but researchers Brandon P. Hedrick and Peter Dodson suspected there might be more to it:

Given the close association of the young P. lujiatunensis with the older individual, however, Dodson, Hedrick and colleagues believe this specimen may offer evidence of post-hatchling cooperation, a behavior exhibited by some species of modern-day birds. The older juvenile may well have been a big brother or sister helping care for its younger siblings.

The researchers emphasize that they can’t definitively call this assemblage of fossils a nest, as some earlier analyses have.

Go read more on the U Penn web site, or read the abstract in the journal Cretaceous Research.

Thanks, Slog-tipper Jeremy, who now knows the truth about dino-sitters.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Skeletal reconstruction in left lateral view, with illustrated bones in gray and other preserved bones in white. (see this illustration in context in the study by clicking the image)
  • Matthew Lamanna et al, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092022.g005
  • Skeletal reconstruction in left lateral view, with illustrated bones in gray and other preserved bones in white. (see this illustration in context in the study by clicking the image)
Anzu wyliei—nicknamed "the chicken from hell" by scientists—is being described as a cross between a terrifying bird and a lizard. Large, feathered, and armed with a beak and claws, Anzu roamed the Dakotas during the late Cretaceous period. Hans Sues, one of the team of scientists that identified the dinosaur and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Smithsonian told BBC News, "Anzu is really bizarre, even by dinosaur standards."

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

A diagram showing Nanuqsauruss (A) size relative to other theropods. Click through to see the diagram in context in the study.
  • doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091287.g008
  • A diagram showing Nanuqsaurus's (A) size relative to other theropods. Click through to see the diagram in context in the study.
TINY TYRANNOSAUR! Well, tiny for a Tyrannosaur.

A study published on March 12 in the journal PLOS ONE described Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, a very close cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex which roamed the prehistoric Alaskan landscape. One of the study's authors, Anthony R. Fiorillo, explained to National Geographic why the creature may have been so small:

In N. hoglundi's day, northern Alaska—then part of an ancient subcontinent called Larimidia—had weather like modern-day Seattle: seasonally cold but not frigid. The dinosaur likely would have wandered in the valleys beneath majestic snow-capped peaks and hunted other dinosaurs, including a duck-billed species, amid towering sequoias and flower-studded coastal plains, said Fiorillo, who received funding from the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program.

Unlike Seattle, though, the Arctic was still a rough place, with long periods of darkness and light, as well as distinct seasons in which food wasn't readily available. For instance, prey species likely would have exploded in number during the summer, but then fallen off in the dark winter, leaving predators with little to eat.

This lack of food may explain N. hoglundi's diminutive size, since a large animal can't survive on scarce resources, explained Fiorillo.

You can read the full study (including additional diagrams) on

Thanks to Slog-tipper mr. sudbury! Have a hot dinosaur news tip or question? Send it to


Monday, March 3, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Have you ever wanted to pretend you're Samuel L. Jackson trying to access the main security for Jurassic Park? Now you can at, which lets you interact with Nedry's computer! Just don't forget to say the magic word. (Sadly there's no simulator for Lex's so-clearly-NOT-a-UNIX system.)

In other JP news Irrfan Khan, star of The Life of Pi, has been offered a role in Jurassic World (aka JP4), and Vincent D’Onofrio will apparently be playing a villain. Meanwhile Jeff Goldblum has not been called for the new sequel but someone did remix his laugh from the original film.

h/t to Slog-Tipper Barry!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Detail of the fossilized birth from a photo included in the original research article. Click for full image and more info.
  • Ryosuke Motani, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088640.g002
  • Detail of the fossilized birth from a photo included in the original article published in Plos One. Click for full image and more info.
In an article published yesterday scientists describe an AMAZING fossil: a Chaohusaurus in the midst of live birth. The marine reptile started her labor in the Mesozoic era, millions of years before the first dinosaurs. There are a total of three offspring: one inside the mother, one emerging, and one just born. The research team that made the discovery was led by Ryosuke Motani, a paleontologist at University of California Davis. They explain the importance of the fossil in the abstract of the article published in the journal Plos One:

This exceptional specimen captures an articulated embryo in birth position, with its skull just emerged from the maternal pelvis. Its headfirst birth posture, which is unlikely to be a breech condition, strongly indicates a terrestrial origin of viviparity, in contrast to the traditional view. The tail-first birth posture in derived ichthyopterygians, convergent with the conditions in whales and sea cows, therefore is a secondary feature.

In other words: most marine animals are born tail-first, so the fact that the fossil shows a head-first birth suggests its ancestors were land-dwellers.

More on this remarkable fossil here, here, here and here!

Thanks to Slog-tipper Devin! Have a hot dinosaur news tip or question? Send it to

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Today's Dinosaur Prehistoric Creature News

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

In case you missed it in the morning news, construction workers down in South Lake Union have unearthed a MAMMOTH TUSK! Sweet.

The tusk is very rare, but similar tusks and mammoth teeth found in Washington have made the Columbian mammoth the state fossil.

Workers with Transit Plumbing were excavating a construction site Tuesday in the city’s South Lake Union area when they hit something hard and uncovered the tusk. Owner Jeff Estep says they stopped work and called the experts.

Paleontologists from the Burke Museum hope to move the tusk up to the UW campus, but it's up to the owner of the property where the tusk was found to decide what happens to it.

More on this exciting local prehistoric news here, here, and here!

Thanks to Levi and all the Slog-tippers who sent this my way!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

deinonychus by mary p traverse
  • mary p. traverse
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Today is "Draw a Dinosaur Day," an unofficial holiday now in its eighth year:

Draw A Dinosaur Day is a holiday celebrated on January 30th. The goal is as simple as its title: Draw A Dinosaur! You don't have to be a brilliant illustrator, just take a couple of minutes with a blank piece of paper, a post-it note or your computer and enjoy yourself.

You can submit your own dinosaur over at their web site... and post a link to it down in the comments so other Sloggers can admire it!

My contribution (above) is a feathered deinonychus with crazy eyes, the same eyes my parents' dog gets when she's playing tug-of-war with you.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

DINO NERDS: Starting right now is a debate at "Live Chat: Should Dinosaur Fossils Be Sold on the Open Market?" See the live video feed here! Go! Now! Watch!

UPDATE: They seem to be having various technical difficulties, so the feed is sort of choppy. Hopefully it will improve.

UPDATE #2: The technical difficulties did not improve, so they are rescheduling for another time. Which is good news if you couldn't watch now but are interested. Check back here for the new date and time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

OC Marsh
  • Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpbh-04124
  • O. C. Marsh
• The correspondences of Othniel Charles Marsh are now available on the web site for Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History. Marsh, a rock star paleontologist in his time, was responsible for naming nearly every one of your favorite dinosaurs: Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and many more. He famously had a fierce rivalry with his contemporary, Edward Cope which you can learn more about on the "Dinosaur Wars" episode of PBS's American Experience.

• Speaking of documentaries, f you happen to be at Sundance check out Dinosaur 13, a film about a T-Rex named "Sue." From the Sundance website:

On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found…

Two years later, when the FBI and the National Guard showed up, battle lines were drawn over ownership of Sue. The U.S. government, world-class museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists became the Goliath to Larson’s David as he and his team fought to keep their dinosaur and wrestled with intimidation tactics that threatened their freedom as well.

Dinosaur 13 chronicles an unprecedented saga in American history and details the fierce battle to possess a 65-million-year-old treasure.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A tool-using non-avian dinosaur.
  • A tool-using non-avian dinosaur.
CLEVER GIRL: Jurassic Park's scientifically inaccurate velociraptors opened doors and exhibited other problem-solving behaviors, but generally science has indicated that the brain-to-body ratio of most dinosaurs probably meant they weren't very bright. But a new study reveals evidence that some alligators and crocodiles may use tools to hunt. So might dinosaurs have been capable of similar behavior? The study's authors seem to think so, saying, "Phylogenetic bracketing by birds and crocodilians suggests that the behavior of non-avian dinosaurs was most likely very complex as well." Dinosaur blogger Brian Switek has these thoughts:
"If non-avian dinosaurs were generally on par with living reptiles, and living reptiles are smarter than expected, then it’s not unreasonable to wonder about tool-using dinosaurs."

I'd like to think that the tool-using skills of some avian dinosaurs (a.k.a. birds) means that at least some of their non-avian ancestors were more clever than we realize.

SPACECRAFT: Astronaut Karen Nyberg has made the first toy produced in space… and it's a stuffed dinosaur:

The little T-rex is made from the lining of Russian food containers and the toy is stuffed with scraps from an old T-shirt.
You can check out photos of Nyberg and her adorable creation here. (Thanks, Slog-tipper Renée, for the tip and for letting me steal your pun!)

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

A variety of dino-bites from around the web:

• XKCD's "What If?" blog answers the burning question, "How many people would a T-Rex need to eat every day?"

Scientists uncover first-ever traces of pigment in reptile fossils

TDN favorite Brian Switek advises against seeing Walking With Dinosaurs 3D and offers instead a selection of other prehistoric-themed films, rated for scientific accuracy.

• I'm sure by now you've heard about the dino porn.

Paleontologists identify a Torvosaurus specimen languishing in storage at Chicago's Field Museum. More here.

Dinosaur Supervisor Phil Tippit is on board for Jurassic World.

• An Oxford scientist says that birds can theoretically be devolved into dinosaurs, which doesn't exactly sound like news since that's pretty much the premise of Jack Horner's chickensaurus project.

• And finally, you can now reenact the iconic "inevitable betrayal" scene from Serenity with these officially-licensed dinosaur toys which play the dialogue (in Alan Tudyk's voice!) when you squeeze their bellies. MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH!

Thanks to Slog-tippers Craig, Jeremy, Sayed and Sheila!!

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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.
  • 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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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I will eat ANYTHING, bitches!
  • "I will eat ANYTHING, bitches!"
"T. rex doesn't want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can't just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct." —Dr. Allan Grant, Jurassic Park

For decades there has seemed to be a debate about whether T. rex was a predator or a scavenger. The fact is that many predators are scavengers from time to time out of necessity, so the debate—though popular with the public and media—isn't really a debate at all.

However this week has brought joyful news to those concerned for T. rex's fierce reputation: Researchers have discovered a Tyrannosaur tooth lodged between the vertebrae of a hadrosaur, a duck-billed herbivore. Couldn't that just be the result of scavenging?

Scans of the tooth and two surrounding tail vertebrae showed clear signs of bone healing around the wound, taken as proof that the hadrosaur was alive at the time of the attack and survived for several months or even years afterwards.

"This is unambiguous evidence that T. rex was an active predator," the authors write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Such evidence is rare in the fossil record for good reason – prey rarely escapes."

Frankly the discovery is super cool without the scavenger vs. predator debate. For an excellent overview of the non-troversy, head over to where Brian Switek discusses it at length. An interesting tidbit: Rockstar paleontologist Jack Horner, who is famous for many things but among them his assertion that T. rex was a scavenger, didn't even really commit to the idea:

Not that even Horner himself took the claims of T. rex as an obligate scavenger seriously. “I’m not convinced that T. rex was only a scavenger,” Horner wrote in The Complete T. rex, “though sometimes I will say so sometimes just to be contrary and get my colleagues arguing.”

Yep, Horner's been trolling everyone.

More on the discovery here, here and here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I'm super-stoked because Brian Switek (aka @Laelaps) is appearing at Town Hall tomorrow night! Switek is a dinosaur fanatic and freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history who I've quoted numerous times here at Today's Dinosaur News.

I'm currently reading his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus, and it's delightful! Switek's enthusiasm is irrepressible as he explores our collective relationship with dinosaurs and the disparity between actual science and public perception. He writes about his own life-long obsession and notes important discoveries and shifts in understanding. It's a fun read from a kindred spirit.

You can get tickets for his Town Hall appearance here! See you there!

Monday, May 6, 2013

I Shouldn't Do This...

Posted by on Mon, May 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

...but sometimes I can't help myself. An ongoing email exchange:

Hope you get AIDS Fagget

It's "faggot."—Dan

LOL commie

LOL illiteratie.—Dan

Best illiterate than a cock sucker with AID. Hope you get AID fag.

Let me help you with that: "Better illiterate than a cocksucker [one word!] with AIDS. Hope you get AIDS, fag."—Dan

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

  • Josef Smit/public domain via
What kind of dinosaur are you? Thanks to Slog-tipper Matt who sent this quiz, now you can find the answer... I'm an iguanodon!

What's Your Dinosaur Personality?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

YOU GUYS. There are not one but TWO dinosaur-related events at Town Hall in the coming months!!

Brian Switek, who I've quoted many times here at Today's Dinosaur News, is speaking on Thursday, May 23. He's written for National Geographic, the Smithsonian's blog Dinosaur Tracking, and plenty of other places. Check out his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs, and get your tickets to see him speak HERE!

And then Monday, June 24, rock star paleontologist Jack freakin' Horner will be speaking!! Yes, Jack Horner, the guy who discovered the Maiasaura, the guy who's making a chickenosaurus, the paleontologic advisor for Jurassic Park, THAT Jack Horner. Awesome.Get your tickets HERE!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Next Friday, April 5, Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D at theaters across the country. Between this and Jurassic Park 4 on the horizon, there's been quite a bit of discussion about the merits of the original movie and whether there should be feathers on the theropods in JP4. Some of my favorite commentary has come from David Orr over at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs. In a recent post he articulates why many of us dinophiles love that movie:

Jurassic Park, it has been widely pointed out, is revolutionary not just for its special effects but from the way the dinosaurs were depicted as real animals. Huge, yes, perhaps monstrous in form, but with the body language and presence of living creatures. When I think of Jurassic Park, my first thought isn't necessarily of raptors in the kitchen. It's of the cocked head and curiously dainty step of the Tyrannosaur as it climbs over the rim of its enclosure. It's of a panicked flock of Gallimimus arcing over a grassy field toward the camera. It's of the closing moment of the The Lost World, where we glimpse a primeval world without humans, where the carnivores don't always roar and the herbivores can go about their business.

Go read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Vulture has this post ranking all the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, with the velociraptors coming out on top. I think we can do better, Sloggers. Please vote in this binding poll:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Have you heard about Daisy Morris?

Daisy was just 4 when she stumbled upon the fossilized remains of an unknown animal during a family walk on the beach in 2009. The family lives near the coast of England's Isle of Wight — also known as the "dinosaur capital of Great Britain."

...Over the past several years, the bones Daisy discovered have been thoroughly analyzed by paleontologists. The findings were finally published this Monday. The fossilized remains belong to a previously unknown genus and species of a small flying reptile called the pterosaur*.

Daisy, now 9, has accomplished something I only dream of: the new species was named for her, Vectidraco daisymorrisae. Hit the link for more details and to see the world's most ADORABLE amateur paleontologist. More here and here. (Thanks to everyone who sent this tip!)

More dinosaur news after the jump!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Disappointing news from Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow:

Among the many worries from fans for Universal's Jurassic Park 4 was the possibility that we could see dinosaurs covered in feathers, as opposed to dinos in their classic form. The last installment in the series, 2001's Jurassic Park III, featured velociraptors with feathers. However, Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, who was recently hired to helm Jurassic Park 4, has taken to his Twitter account to confirm that there will be "no feathers" in the sequel.

You know, it hadn't even occurred to me to worry about this, but now I'm annoyed that there will be "no feathers." Although I guess with all the crap science in the previous Jurassic Park films I shouldn't be surprised. (However we here at Today's Dinosaur News would be lying if we said this would prevent us from seeing Jurassic Park 4. I mean, let's be reasonable. There will still be dinosaurs in it, even if they're naked.)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Nation's Premier Anti-Communist Catholic Vlogger Found Her Way To Slog!

Posted by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Someone clearly isn't following the news from France, Great Britain, Mexico, and Illinois. If this is what "losing the debate" looks like, Anna, here's hoping we keep losing.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Today's extremely important dinosaur news is that it is National Draw A Dinosaur Day!

For those of you who are new, Draw A Dinosaur Day is a day that is exactly as simple as it seems. Simply draw a dinosaur, then scan it or take a picture of it and submit it to, and spend the day looking at the amazing dinosaurs other people have submitted! We're not a super high maintenance holiday, so if you do it a day before or after, that's cool! We get it! Life is busy! The important thing is that you have fun drawing a dinosaur.

This was a holiday created by Todd Page for the joy of drawing and dinosaurs - it was started 7 years ago, and last year it received nearly a thousand dinosaurs. Pee Wee Herman has even contributed in the past. So unless you're too good for fun, spread the word, the love, and the dinosaurs. Get ready to draw!

You can submit your drawing at their Facebook page or at

To get you started, here is a tutorial on how to draw a dinosaur... er, dragon... er whatever. [Hint: First you draw an "S". Then you draw a more different "S". Also, the "S" is for "sucks."]

Not satisfied with simply drawing a dinosaur? Perhaps you'd rather help out with actually preparing fossils?! Then check out this entry that Seattle's Burke Museum posted on their Facebook page last week:

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

  • "Ladies..."
Although feathered dinosaurs are pretty much a given now, many people still wonder why flightless dinosaurs would have sported feathers. The answer is probably, "The same reasons avian dinosaurs (aka birds) have feathers." For instance, Scott Persons—a University of Alberta PhD candidate—has determined that some dinosaurs likely used their sexy, sexy tail plumage to attract mates, much like peacocks do today:

Persons studied the tails of oviraptors, a group of dinosaurs that had beaks and feathers. Previous research has shown some feathered dinosaurs used their plumage for insulation and flight. Oviraptors could not fly but Persons said their tail feathers were used in much the same way as a peacock...

Previous research has shown other dinosaurs also possessed display structures, such as the small crests over the eyes of Tyrannosaurus rex, showing the animal had “sex on the brain,” Persons said. In a study published last year, a University of Calgary paleontologist found another group of dinosaurs also may have sprouted feathers as a secondary sexual characteristic.

Persons’ research focused on the tails of oviraptors. He found the vertebrae in the tails were tightly pressed together while the joints between the vertebrae were flexible. The vertebrae also had wide attachment sites for muscles that would allow the dinosaurs to raiseand twist their tails. At the end of the tail was a fusion of vertebrae that formed a ridged, blade-like structure called a pygostyle, which acts as the anchor for a fan of feathers in modern-day birds.

You can read more about dinosaur tail feathers here and here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Fucking Things

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Jurassic Prank!

…a few dozen people in Columbus, Ohio got surprised by an animatronic T-Rex set loose by local comedians Roman Atwood and Dennis Roady.

The Sketch Empire duo donned a realistic looking T-Rex costume, which they purchased from KHA Entertainment in New York. "Kojo," as the T-Rex is named, is actually available to rent by KHA.

Atwood and Roady then set up a series of "Jurassic Pranks" to surprise and scare random strangers.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bonus Dinosaur News: Pat Robertson Challenges Creationism

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

  • mpt/
I barely know what to do with this news. Pat Robertson acknowledged that dinosaurs are a thing:

The statement was in response to a question Robertson fielded Tuesday from a viewer on his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club.” In a submitted question, the viewer wrote that one of her biggest fears was that her children and husband would not go to heaven “because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.”

“You go back in time, you've got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things, and you've got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas,” Robertson said. “They're out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don't try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That's not the Bible.”

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.”

Holy shit. You guys, maybe the world is ending on December 21.

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

  • David Orr
David Orr, of the blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs, wrote a song about Triceratops. It is delightful, and you can hear it here.

Says Orr:

“Triceratops” [is] by BJ Sunfire, one of my musical alter-egos of days of yore. BJ sprang from my days of baking bagels in the late nineties; I’ve always loved lusty, full-throated rock vocalists, and I’d compose little tunes about my coworkers, sung in this fashion. This song is basically a celebration of the unparalleled might of the most famous ceratopsian, turning mournful in the end, as odes to prehistoric beasts must.

Orr is also a designer, and you MUST check out his complete collection of Dinosaur Family Crests, all of which are available to wear as fashionable tee shirts.

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