Friday, December 31, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #92: Muraenosaurus

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NAME: Muraenosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: myoo-REEN-o-SAWR-uhs
ORDER: Plesiosauria
EXISTED DURING: Middle Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Europe, 1874
FUN FACT: Even better than a fun fact, take a peek at this thread in which bone hunters discuss their finds, including a Muraenosaurus vertebra with some strange properties:




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Thursday, December 30, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #91: Cryptoclidus

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NAME: Cryptoclidus
PRONUNCIATION: KRIP-to-KLIE-duhs
ORDER: Plesiosauria
EXISTED DURING: Middle Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Europe, 1871
FUN FACT: Cryptoclidus’ small, fine teeth suggest that it ate a diet of small fish and didn’t do too much rasslin’ with other predators.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #90: Plesiosaurus

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NAME: Plesiosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: PLEE-see-o-SAWR-uhs
ORDER: Plesiosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Jurassic
DISCOVERED: England, 1821
FUN FACT: The first Plesiosaurus skeleton was discovered by Mary Anning, she being the rare female in a field then dominated by men. Anning made several early discoveries in England’s Blue Lias cliffs, doing her bone hunting after landslides when the fossils were freshly exposed.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #89: Macroplata

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NAME: Macroplata
PRONUNCIATION: ma-KROP-la-tuh
ORDER: Plesiosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Jurassic
DISCOVERED: UK, 1930
FUN FACT: Macroplata had huge shoulder bones, suggesting it was a speedy swimmer.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #88: Kronosaurus

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NAME: Kronosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: KRON-o-SAWR-uhs
ORDER: Plesiosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Australia, 1924
FUN FACT: For today’s “fun fact,” check out History Channel’s excellent series called “Predator X,” in which Norwegian scientist Jorn Hurum uncovers a yet-to-be-identified cousin of Kronosaurus:



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Sunday, December 26, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #87: Sphenacodon

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NAME: Sphenacodon
FAMILY: Sphenacodontidae
EXISTED DURING: Early Permian
DISCOVERED: Texas, 1878
FUN FACT: Unfortunately there are no “fun” facts about Sphenacodon. It didn’t have a cool sail like Dimetrodon, and due to its large jaw and sharp canines it probably wasn’t much fun to hang out with.


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #86: Edaphosaurus

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NAME: Edaphosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: l-DAF-oh-SORE-us
FAMILY: Edaphosauridae
EXISTED DURING: Carboniferous to early Permian
DISCOVERED: North America, 1878
FUN FACT: Edaphosaurus is acknowledged to be a massive, slow-moving animal, which is frankly not the most flattering way to be remembered.


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Friday, December 24, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #85: Dimetrodon

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NAME: Dimetrodon
PRONUNCIATION: dī-mět'rə-dŏn'
FAMILY: Sphenacodontidae
EXISTED DURING: Permian
DISCOVERED: North America, 1878
FUN FACT: I was crushed to discover that my favorite dinosaur is not a dinosaur at all! By definition dinosaurs are terrestrial animals that are either bipedal or quadrupedal, with straight legs underneath their bodies. Dimetrodon, although awesome-looking, does not fit that definition due to its low, bent-legged stance.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #84: Moschops

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NAME: Moschops
PRONUNCIATION: MOS-kops
ORDER: Therapsida
EXISTED DURING: Middle Permian
DISCOVERED: South Africa, 1911
FUN FACT: Moschops was the star of an animated series for UK children in 1983. Like the real Moschops the show went extinct pretty quickly.


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #83: Pterodactylus

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NAME: Pterodactylus
PRONUNCIATION: TER-o-DAK-ti-lus
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Germany, 1809
FUN FACT: As with bats, Pterodactylus’ wings were simply fleshy membranes stretched between its body and an extremely elongated fingers.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #82: Dsungaripterus

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NAME: Dsungaripterus
PRONUNCIATION: jung-gah-RIP-ter-us
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: China, 1964
FUN FACT: Dsungaripterus had a narrow, toothless front jaw which was probably used to pull shellfish and worms from cracks in the rocks, and to scare its grandchildren.


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Monday, December 20, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #81: Quetzalcoatlus

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NAME: Quetzalcoatlus
PRONUNCIATION: KET-sahl-koh-AHT-lus
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Texas, 1971
FUN FACT: Quetzalcoatlus is named after the Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. Here is the god himself, via Wikipedia:



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #80: Pteranodon

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NAME: Pteranodon
PRONUNCIATION: te-RAN-o-don
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Kansas, 1870
FUN FACT: Pteranodon crests were sexually dimorphic; females had smaller crests than males, suggesting that the crest was involved more with mating displays than with practical functions like being a counterbalance to its long beak.


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Saturday, December 18, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #79: Cearadactylus

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NAME: Cearadactylus
PRONUNCIATION: say-ahr-ah-DAK-ti-lus
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Brazil, 1985
FUN FACT: Popular media has given Cearadactylus a bad rap: in the book Jurassic Park it attacks the main characters, and it’s portrayed as a villain in The Land Before Time VII.


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Friday, December 17, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #78: Polacanthus

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NAME: Polacanthus
PRONUNCIATION: pol-a-KAN-thus
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Isle of Wight, 1865
FUN FACT: In the TV show Dinosaurs, the character Spike was a Polacanthus. In total, the sitcom aired 65 episodes, while real dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. Coincidence?


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #77: Kentrosaurus

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NAME: Kentrosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: KEN-truh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Tanzania, 1915
FUN FACT: A large amount of Kentrosaurus bones were discovered in the early twentieth century during the German Tendaguru Expedition. Unfortunately many of those fossils were destroyed during World War II.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #76: Echinodon

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NAME: Echinodon
PRONUNCIATION: eck-EYE-nuh-don
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: England, 1861
FUN FACT: Echinodon was once thought to be a basal thyreophoran due to the fact that a turtle bone was mixed in with the Echinodon skeleton, which strongly suggests that 19th century British paleontologists liked to throw turtle bones at each other during digs.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #75: Wuerhosaurus

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NAME: Wuerhosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: WER-oh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: China, 1973
FUN FACT: The spikes on the end of the tail of Wuerhosaurus and Stegosaurus is called a thagomizer, and was initially coined by cartoonist Gary Larson. Wikipedia explains:
The term "thagomizer" was coined by Gary Larson in a 1982 Far Side comic strip, in which a group of cavemen in a faux-modern lecture hall are taught by their caveman professor that the spikes were named "after the late Thag Simmons". The term was picked up initially by Ken Carpenter, a palaeontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who used the term when describing a fossil at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting in 1993.




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Monday, December 13, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #74: Stegosaurus

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NAME: Stegosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: STEG-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Colorado, 1877
FUN FACT: Othniel Charles Marsh, who discovered the species, first thought that Stegosaurus was an aquatic, turtle-like creature whose plates laid flat against its back like the shingles on a roof.


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Sunday, December 12, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #73: Panoplosaurus

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NAME: Panoplosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: pan-OP-luh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1917
FUN FACT: Foreleg muscle attachments suggest that Panoplosaurus could have charged enemies like a rhinoceros, which most experts agree would have been awesome to watch.


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #72: Deinonychus

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NAME: Deinonychus
PRONUNCIATION: dye-NON-ik-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Montana, 1931
FUN FACT: A recent discovery found a Deinonychus adult fossil positioned near fossilized eggs, suggesting that the species brooded over their unhatched eggs much like modern day birds.


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Friday, December 10, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #71: Euoplocephalus

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NAME: Euoplocephalus
PRONUNCIATION: you-op-luh-SEF-uh-lus
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1902
FUN FACT: Euoplocephalus means “well armored head” and when scientists picked the name they weren’t kidding -- this species even has armored plates that slide down to protect its eyelids.


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Thursday, December 09, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #70: Nodosaurus

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NAME: Nodosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: no-doe-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Wyoming and Kansas, 1889
FUN FACT: Nodosaurus did not have a clubbed tail like Ankylosaurus, so it is believed that the animal dropped to the ground like a hedgehog when threatened.


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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #69: Silvisaurus

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NAME: Silvisaurus
PRONUNCIATION: SIL-vee-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Kansas, 1960
FUN FACT: The Silvisaurus’ head contained large air cavaties, which may have been used for loud vocalisations, or storage.


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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #68: Ankylosaurus

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NAME: Ankylosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ang-KILE-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Montana, 1908
FUN FACT: Ankylosaurus has starred in many newspaper comic strips, most recently in 2009’s time-traveling adventure serial ARMY MEN.


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Monday, December 06, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #67: Pachycephalosaurus

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NAME: Pachycephalosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: pak-ee-SEF-uh-lo-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Montana, 1850s
FUN FACT: Scientists have recently discredited the idea that Pachycephalosaurus regularly used its thick skull in head-to-head combat, but they can’t prove that it didn’t happen at least once.


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Sunday, December 05, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #66: Homalocephale

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NAME: Homalocephale
PRONUNCIATION: ho-mah-luh-SEF-uh-lee
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: 1974, Mongolia
FUN FACT: A recent study suggests that Homalocephale is nothing more than a juvenile form of Prenocephale, which is bad news for anyone with a Homalocephale fan site.


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Saturday, December 04, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #65: Plateosaurus

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NAME: Plateosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: PLAY-tee-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Triassic
DISCOVERED: 1834, Nuremberg, Germany
FUN FACT: Plateosaurus was the first dinosaur discovered in Norway. Why the species was not immediately renamed Nansenosaurus remains a mystery.


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Friday, December 03, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #64: Mussaurus

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NAME: Mussaurus
PRONUNCIATION: moose-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Triassic
DISCOVERED: Argentina, 1979
FUN FACT: Only juvenile fossils of Mussaurus have been found so far, so any attempts at describing an adult version are speculative at best.


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Thursday, December 02, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #63: Yangchuanosaurus

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NAME: Yangchuanosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: yang-chew-ANN-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: 1977, China
FUN FACT: Yanghuanosaurus was discovered during construction of the Shangyou Reservoir Dam in the Yongchuan District of China. That’s what we at Big Time Attic call a “dam good discovery.”


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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #62: Megalosaurus

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NAME: Megalosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: MEG-uh-lo-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: England, 1676
FUN FACT: The first dinosaur to ever be named; Megalosaurus’ original fossil -- a piece of a femur -- was thought at the time to belong to a gigantic human, as described in the bible.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #61: Massospondylus

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NAME: Massospondylus
PRONUNCIATION: mass-o-SPON-dih-lus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Jurassic
DISCOVERED: South Africa, 1854
FUN FACT: Massospondylus was one of the first dinosaurs to ever be named, and its name, courtesy of Sir Richard Owen, means “longer vertebra.”


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Monday, November 29, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #60: Caudipteryx

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NAME: Caudipteryx
PRONUNCIATION: kaw-DIP-ter-iks
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Liaoning Province, China, 1997
FUN FACT: Caudipteryx was the size of a peacock, but probably slightly more dangerous.


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #59: Carnotaurus

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NAME: Carnotaurus
PRONUNCIATION: kahrn-uh-TAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Argentina, 1985
FUN FACT: The “taurus” in Carnotaurus is from the Greek tauros, meaning bull, referring to the bull-like horns at the top of the skull.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #58: Guanlong

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NAME: Guanlong
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Dzungaria, China, 2006
FUN FACT: Guanlong had three long fingers on each hand, as seen in the extremely realistic drawing above.


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Friday, November 26, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #57: Therizinosaurus

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NAME: Therizinosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: thair-uh-ZEEN-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Mongolia, 1940s
FUN FACT: Therizinosaurus’ name means “scythe lizard,” referring to its enormous scythe-like claws that look awkward but could probably take down prey in one quick swipe.


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #56: Hongshanosaurus

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NAME: Hongshanosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: hong-SHAN-o-SAWR-əs
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Northeastern China, 2003
FUN FACT: Hongshanosaurus’ name means “red hill lizard” and refers to the ancient Hongshan culture which lived in the same area as where the fossil was found.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #55: Ouranosaurus

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NAME: Ouranosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ooh-RAN-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Niger, Africa, 1966
FUN FACT: Some scientists suggest that Ouranosaurus’ large vertebrates were used to hold up a camel-like hump, rather than a Spinosaurus-like sail.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #54: Iguanodon

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NAME: Iguanodon
PRONUNCIATION: ig-WAN-oh-don
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: England, 1822
FUN FACT: Iguanodon was one of the first dinosaurs to be named, and its skeleton was originally put together in a creative, albeit incorrect pose.


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Monday, November 22, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #53: Callovosaurus

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NAME: Callovosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: cuh-LOW-vuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Middle Jurassic
DISCOVERED: England, 1889
FUN FACT: Callovosaurus is based on one complete thigh bone and possibly a partial shin bone that was found nearby.


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #52: Alamosaurus

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NAME: Alamosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: AL-uh-mo-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: New Mexico, 1922
FUN FACT: Sadly, Alamosaurus was not named after the famous Alamo in Texas. Rather, the species was named after a type of geologic formation, Ojo Alamo.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #51: Mamenchisaurus

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NAME: Mamenchisaurus
PRONUNCIATION: mah-MEN-chih-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Sichuan, China, 1952
FUN FACT: Mamenchisaurus’s neck made up half its total body length!


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Friday, November 19, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #50: Apatosaurus

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NAME: Apatosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ah-PAT-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Wyoming, 1877
FUN FACT: Once known as Brontosaurus, the name Apatosaurus was found to have been used first, and so the popular name was dropped. The US Post Office caused a row in 1989 when it released four dinosaur stamps, one of which was a Brontosaurus, leading to a public outcry.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #49: Camarasaurus

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NAME: Camarasaurus
PRONUNCIATION: kuh-MARE-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Colorado, 1877
FUN FACT: In Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards, a misappropriated Camasaurus skull plays a key role in the drama. Read the book to find out more!


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #48: Dicraeosaurus

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NAME: Dicraeosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: dye-CRAY-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Tanzania, 1914
FUN FACT: Scientists believe that Dicraeosaurus didn’t compete with its fellow herbivorous species because, as they were all different heights, they most likely consumed different plants.


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #47: Saltasaurus

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NAME: Saltasaurus
PRONUNCIATION: salt-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Argentina, 1980
FUN FACT: A huge Saltasaurus nest found in Argentina contained eggs with tiny armor-plated embryos.


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