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I think this is the genus of ammonite that people are most familiar with. They were around largely in the early Jurassic time period

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Dinosaur fossils found in Argentina could belong to largest creature ever to have walked the Earth
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About 72 million years ago, in the Late Cretaceous of what is now Mongolia, a dead dromaeosaurid dinosaur lost its head.

30 years ago, in 1991, its headless fossilized remains were discovered during a joint Mongolian Academy of Sciences / American Museum of Natural History expedition in the Gobi Desert.

For a long time the specimen was known only by the nickname of “Ichabodcraniosaurus”, in reference to a character haunted by a headless ghost in the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – but now it’s finally been given a full scientific description and a proper name.

Say hello to the first new non-avian dinosaur of 2021, Shri devi!

Named after a buddhist deity, this little dinosaur was around 2m long (6'6"), roughly the size of a modern peacock or wild turkey. It was a very close relative of Velociraptor, but lived in a slightly different part of the ancient Gobi than its famous cousin, giving us a glimpse of how dromaeosaurid species varied across that region.


[ From fig 28 in Turner, A. H. et al (2021). A New Dromaeosaurid from the Late Cretaceous Khulsan Locality of Mongolia. American Museum Novitates. ]


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This is on my Instagram. This is for a DTIYS contest hosted by Dinosaurcomics. I drew a rugops.

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Check out the first real post!

These guys are super popular critters from the cambrian, and I love them. There’s also been a bunch of new discoveries about them since my undergrad, so I got to learn a lot writing this!

Let me know if there’s something you want me to write about, or questions you have about Anomalocaris. I’m bumbling along without access to most journals, but I’ll see what i can find out.

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“An international team of paleontologists from Austria and Switzerland has uncovered an exceptionally well-preserved skeleton of Asteracanthus ornatissimus, a species of hybodontiform shark that lived about 150 million years ago (Jurassic period), in the famous limestones of Solnhofen in Germany.”

#sciencesunday #newscience #shark #jurassic #discover #discovery #paleontology #uncover #scienceiscool #scienceisawesome #lessonoftheday #sciencenews #sciencenewsdaily #historyshit #historicalshit #oldschool

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Spent about an hour doodling this, I forgot how much I love drawing dinos

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