Monday, September 20, 2010

North in the south, and south in the north?

You'll find in just a moment that there is a lot of 'not really dinosaur' news over the last little while, which can often be just as interesting as real dinosaur news. BUT to start off - I'll mention a tyrannosaurid that is expected to only be found in the north, discovered in the south; and a carcharodontosaurid normally only discovered in the south, found in the north! Strange days - I'm sure this is because of global warming from 150 million years ago.

Prehistoric egg 'found' just outside Geelong [northerner in the south]
A PREHISTORIC egg found in the Brisbane Ranges National Park could unravel the mystery about dinosaurs' existence in Geelong.

This article is almost long - and riddled with problems from an uneducated reporter - so to recap: this fossilized egg indicates that tyrannosaurids left eggs on the Geelong coast of Australia - even though it is believed that tyrannosaurids never migrated to the southern hemispheres.

The ancient egg, which is estimated to be 25 million years old [what the f***? - that would mean this egg was layed 40 millions years AFTER dinosaurs went extinct], was discovered near Steiglitz Rd, kilometres from Anakie.

Geelong subterranean historian Alan said he had contacted the Melbourne Museum, who confirmed the history of the egg.

"There's been no evidence of dinosaurs it that area before," he said. [EXCEPT ...]

"There has been some found before in the south of Melbourne and down on the coast." [my emphasis - refuting his own above statement quickly]

A study earlier this year conducted by a group of paleontologists claimed the feared Tyrannosaurus rex may have roamed the Otways coast.

"This is an exciting discovery because tyrannosaur fossils had only ever been found in the northern hemisphere before and some scientists thought tyrannosaurs never made it down south," said Roger Benson, from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, who identified the find. "The bone is unambiguously identifiable as a tyrannosaur because these dinosaurs have very distinctive hip bones," he said.

"Although we only have one bone, it shows that 110 million years ago small tyrannosaurs like ours might have been found worldwide. This find has major significance for our knowledge of how this group of dinosaurs evolved."

Alan said his find could re-write the history books in Geelong and the surrounding region if the egg was proven to be the real deal. [IF? This egg hasn't been proven to be real yet?]

Terrible, F.

Hunchback of Notre Dinosaur [southerner in the north]

A 'hunchback' dinosaur that roamed the Earth 130 million years ago has been unearthed in Spain. The meat eater was almost 20ft long, about 6ft tall and weighed around four-and-a-half tons.

It has been dubbed the “hunchback hunter of Las Hoyas” where it was found near the city of Cuenca in western Spain. The previously unknown creature which has been officially named Concavenator corcovatus is one of the most complete dinosaur fossils yet dug up in Europe.

Professor Francisco Ortega said the “exquisitely preserved” skeleton represents a new species of carcharodontosaurid – a member of the predatory theropods that included T Rex.

They were previously believed to be only confined to south of the equator so the discovery described in Nature provides insights into the early evolution of theropods.

Prof Ortega, of the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, said C corcovatus has “two unusual features” – the pointed humplike structure on its back and a series of small bumps on the forearms.

This unique 'hunchback' has never previously been described in dinosaurs whereas the bumps are similar to 'quill knobs' found in many modern birds where wing feathers are anchored to the bone with ligaments.

As well as its peculiar spine C corcovatus could help shed light on the origin of feathers on theropods from which today's birds descended.

Scales do not have follicles so it is believed the structures on the arms were pieces of skin similar to birds' feathers.

Prof Ortega said: “Carcharodontosaurs were the largest predatory dinosaurs, and their early evolutionary history seems to be more intricate than was previously thought. “Here we describe an almost complete and exquisitely preserved skeleton of a medium-sized theropod from the Lower Cretaceous series.”

He added: “Concavenator shows the combination of scale and non-scale skin appendages exhibited in present-day poultry was already present in large theropod dinosaurs 130 million years ago.”

Dinosaurs in Papua New Guinea

Is there a legitimate flying reptile from the past soaring over the little islands in Malaysia (or where Papua New Guinea is)?

Bat-like wings, a beak full of razor sharp teeth, tearing claws, a long tail with a flanged end, is this night-flying reptile a figment of the imagination? Or does it provide living proof that dinosaurs still exist today in far-flung and obscure little corners of the world. Researchers have unearthed the pterosaur, 2010.

The Ropen (Demon-flyer) has terrified the people of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years, a monster of the skies that swoops down on its unsuspecting prey, often at night, and carries them off to its lair.

The world is full of tales of mythical beasts (the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Yhetti) and expeditions costing millions of dollars have been carried out, often with the same result: little or no evidence, so the myth lives on.

Not so with the Ropen, or Dimorphodon Pterosaur, the flying reptile which is supposed to have died out 65 million years ago with the rest of the dinosaurs, because, according to American-based researcher Terrence Aym*, “Eyewitness reports – collected by determined exploration teams seeking strong evidence of the creatures – have led serious researchers to the conclusion that two distinct animals exist”.

Meet the Ropen and the smaller Duah, a relative. Eye-witness reports from teams of researchers go hand in hand with local folklore, telling of terrifying flying beasts with long beaks crammed with razor-sharp teeth, a long tail with a flange on the end and huge bat-like wings. Now, (see the original story from the link below) graphic real-time video evidence has been added, shot by intrepid researchers Jim Blume and David Woetzel, who have explored Papua New Guinea and several Pacific Isles.

It would be awesome to see something like this, I would agree. If there are a few different species living out there, zoologists should get over there and find them. Of course, if they were there, someone would have likely reported it for real - and it would be in zoos and shit. Too bad.

Reports of Jurassic Park 4 are likely confused with Terra Nova
And of course, PerezHilton manages to lure us in by using catching tags in their HTML, in this case, "Jurassic Park 4." Hit whore desperate for traffic to his/her site.

The series will be shot in southeast Queensland, Australia, at a budget of a mere $4 million per episode.

We’re definitely intrigued, although this seems like the type of project that might be better suited for a larger screen. (Unrelated, but awesome, is this portrayal of the tyrannosaurus rex (featuring some feathers on its tail).

Head hunting for dinosaurs

This is a shame.

NORMAN, Okla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The owner of an Oklahoma gas station where thieves beheaded a fiberglass dinosaur is pleading for the head's return "with no questions asked."

Jerry Masters, owner of the Sinclair gas station in Norman, said he arrived for work Friday to find vandals had sawed off the head of Dino the dinosaur, a 500-pound, pea-green Apatosaurus statue, The Oklahoman reported Wednesday.

"I think it was a prank, but we'd sure like to have the head back," Masters said. "He looks kind of sad without it."

Wii dinosaurs Strike!
I hope this is cool - I'll be interested to see some video of it on Youtube some day.

Dinosaurs Strike is the latest in the series and offers players the ability to control giant creatures and fight other monsters in order to survive. The Wii exclusive features 18 different breeds including T-Rex and Triceratops and a four-player multiplayer mode.

Gamers can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to attack within the game’s three separate environments – tropical forest, desert and mountain stages.

Dinosaurs Strike will arrive in stores on Wii this November.

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