First, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (which was an answer on Jeopardy tonight) has an article on two new dinosaurs species.
Xiongguanlong baimoensis (shong-GWAN-long by-mo-EN-sis), suggests how tyrannosaurs evolved into eating machines that later terrorized the Cretaceous Period.
T. rex and Albertosaurus are the largest, best known and most recent tyrannosaurs known to stalk the Earth. In the last decade, fossils of the species' earliest known and much smaller forebears were unearthed in China and England.
The mid-weight Xiongguanlong appears in the 50-million-year gap between those groups, its discoverers say. Although the species was not yet the prehistoric terror its descendants would become, it marks the earliest appearance of key traits such as broader skull attachments for massive jaw muscles and thicker vertebrae to support larger heads.
"It gives us a nice window on a chapter of tyrannosaur evolution that we didn't have," said Peter Makovicky, curator of dinosaurs at the Field.
This image is from Deviant Art, an incredible artist, Hodari Nundu.
The second species, Beishanlong grandis (bay-SHAN-long gran-DIS), is one of the biggest ornithomimosaurs, or ostrich-shaped dinosaurs, yet found. Though researchers believe the creature perished in its 14th year of life, it already weighed 1,400 pounds, with 6-inch claws on its hands and powerful forelimbs for digging and raking the ground.And this image is also from Hodari Nundu. Credit where credit is due.
"Just finding something that big -- I've been doing it for a while, but there's still that 10-year-old boy inside of me," Makovicky said.
Second, do you think the Fantastic Four could defeat dinosaurs? Someone figured they'd find out - and then post a little information about it on the Internet. (If you ask me - who cares. The only cool thing about the Fantastic Four is that they were able to find dinosaurs somewhere. That is cool - they themselves, however, are not. Nor are their movies. )
Third, here's a headline that I'm sure isn't representative of the entire Nation of Norway:
Norway wants to ban the sale of gas-powered automobiles
Basically, one minister of some sort in Norway proposed legislation that would make this legal in 2015. Does that mean Norway will do it - not at all. Will Norway do it? My guess is 'not a chance.'
Fourth, I spent most of today on set at a new made-for-Youtube serial drama that I've been helping create. It was a good time. Here is a small teaser for you. For the record, and not to spoil too much of it - there was almost a car accident during filming, and it would have been awesome.