|Originally posted by Mickey Mortimer|
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Adasaurus has a short history of being written about. Unfortunately, it is a history that is mostly lacking. In part due to the recentness of the writing and in part due to the fact that the writing was not recent enough that it made its way onto the internet. There have been other articles which mention Adasaurus or allude to it such as this 2000 article about a French Dromaeosaurid. Sadly, that means, there are no scholarly articles to share without finding a paper copy of the original and scanning it. Hopefully someday someone will do that or we will find a copy that the publisher finally decided to put online.
28 October 2013
27 October 2013
There are few fact pages dedicated to children for Adasaurus. We have seen fewer than are available today though. There is a pretty easy to read page over at Academic Kids, its only real short coming is how short it is. The About page on Adasaurus is a little more detailed, so we should definitely share that as well. The biggest loser of the day, though, is in the coloring pages area. There really are not any. This gelatinous dinosaur exists and there are a few that might qualify on deviantArt (the first page is kid friendly and only has one non-dinosaur but fully clothed model photo, beyond that I have not checked, so be wary). Those illustrations are not meant as coloring pages though, so so not assume that they can be used as such!
26 October 2013
|Unknown but clearly based on the Timothy Bradley illustration|
25 October 2013
|©Karkamesh (accuracy disputed)|
24 October 2013
Acanthopholis, meaning "spiny scales", is somewhat famous, despite being dubious in its distinctions, from time to time. Unfortunately, the debatable nature of things due to fragmentary remains as well as the 1999 study that determined it to be a nomen dubium. Regardless, it has shown up on websites for information purposes and not in many other places. In fact, toys, books, and even modifications to video games seem to be lacking for Acanthopholis. It is just too bad that there is not much in the popular culture world for this dinosaur.
23 October 2013
In 1999 Superbiola and Barrett reviewed the materials attributed to Acanthopholis and determined that the material was not distinct enough to merit being anything more than fragmentary bits of the average Nodosaur. As such, they determined the name to be a nomen dubium and to disregard its existence. However, the name is still in use and considered valid, apparently, by the majority of research that I have seen. Nestled in the family Nodosauridae, Acanthopholis is a small member of the family with small oval dermal ossifications with spikes in the shoulder and neck area and along the spine. Nomen dubium or small Nodosaur? You decide.
22 October 2013
Thomas Huxley described and named Acanthopholis in the 19th century. Some of the writings he created in which the dinosaur is mentioned have survived long enough to make it online. However, these writings are far from free and, honestly, are quite a bit more expensive than a one or two page historical document would appear to warrant; though I am not a historiographer nor am I an appraiser so I cannot say with certainty that this is true. Regardless, at around $45 a piece, some of the articles from the Geological Magazine printed by the Cambridge University Press can be obtained. Ken Carpenter tackles armored dinosaur phylogeny in a book he edited called The Armored Dinosaurs and mentions the positioning of Acanthopholis within the family and this reading is far more easily available at any large library or here in piecemeal if one wanted to simply skim over an article.
21 October 2013
Acanthopholis has tribute videos, like many another dinosaur that has been featured in these hallowed spaces throughout the few short years this page has been open. It appears as though all dinosaurs will be revered at some point after we know about them and spread the wealth of our knowledge about them. The tribute video is shown here, view if you would like, or not. Remember, sometimes images are not exactly what they are credited as and that there is usually music. This one is in Spanish also, which is interesting. Personally, I am a big fan of this speed drawing video in terms of videos related to Acanthopholis; it really is not that speedy honestly, but it is faster than I would draw it.
20 October 2013
Acanthopholis, though a bit late today, is for children and quite friendly in that regard. Since it is so late on a Sunday (in the states) I can only imagine this will not be seen by children until Monday. Therefore, may they enjoy an early Monday, or late Sunday fact page and a somewhat simplified coloring sheet:
19 October 2013
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17 October 2013
Elaphrosaurus does not appear in the toy world nor does it appear in the literary world (outside of Paul's Predatory Dinosaurs) and it does not appear in many other places like documentaries and movies. How does such a long known and even a well known dinosaur over time become so unknown to the general public? Perhaps this dinosaur was not as famous as it seems to have been when it was discovered. Perhaps it just fell out of favor as more and more of the synonyms disappeared over time because they were investigated further and determined to be synonyms. Regardless, Elaphrosaurus was a very interesting dinosaur and has been illustrated hundreds of times even though it has not appeared in many typical popular sources. Take one last look at Elaphrosaurus:
16 October 2013
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Today feels like one of those days back when I started doing particular ideas or themes for different days of the week. Back in the beginning I found a lot of so-so tribute videos with music that was tolerable at best in the background. I also found a lot of Dinosaur George videos in which he answered emails on camera like this one.
These videos were always fun to watch; they have become quite a bit less frequent though and I assume it is because he has been a very busy guy as of late. Regardless, he has some good information and opinions, as always.
13 October 2013
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|Elaphrosaurus skeleton, Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin|
10 October 2013
When dinosaurs are discovered and named they are media darlings for, usually, a few months, before their name starts to fall out of headlines and disappear back into the quiet rocks from whence they came (to get a little poetic). As noted, the official paper was released this year that described Nasutoceratops, but the story goes back 7 years to the 2006 unearthing of a nearly complete skull and a rather well preserved post cranial skeleton; "rather well" is a bit of a misnomer when we consider Ceratopsian post cranials as they are not often associated with skulls if they are present at all. The paper and name were known in 2010; editing and peer review, as usual, slowed publication for years. Nasutoceratops, therefore, should have been popular for the past 7 years instead of the last 7 months. Thankfully, though, Dr. Scott Sampson has presented our newest friend here at least once, as seen below, and that gets the name spread around. I predict this will be a much loved dinosaur in the next few years given its interesting anatomy.
09 October 2013
|From Sampson et al.|
08 October 2013
Nasutoceratops, as we have discussed, is in the news a lot this year because of its discovery and naming in May. The paper that announced and discussed the anatomy of Nasutoceratops is available for free through the Royal Society. I can let the paper talk for itself today I think!
07 October 2013
It is rough being the new guy on the block. As a dinosaur, unless it is the prime dinosaur documentary making time, which seems to happen every few years, there are pretty long furloughs where newly described dinosaurs have to wait for extended periods of time to be recognized. In our "gotta have news" world, however, I can dig up newscast after newscast that announces new dinosaurs; media outlets seemingly revel over being able to discuss new dinosaurs no matter what the public may think of that particular outlet's stance on dinosaurs and evolution I have seen announcements for newly named and described dinosaurs treated nearly equally by creationist websites and ABC news while NPR takes calls and comedians announce how ridiculous these new animals look. Everyone, somewhere in their mind, seems to love dinosaurs; I am not complaining. However, Nasutoceratops is far too recent a discovery to warrant its inclusion in anything other than newscasts though I have no doubt its unique physique will make it into a documentary sometime in the near future. Yesterday I shared an NPR broadcast that was a bit longer than a traditional news story, and today I would like to share the other extreme by sharing this one minute news story. Speed reading at, arguably, a very fine moment in news.
06 October 2013
Technically, it is not for kids. Really, there is not even really much of a fact page concerning Nasutoceratops that is completely related to children or for children. In part this is due to the newly described nature of the remains and it is also partly due to the fact that it just has not been done quite yet. In response to the lack of a fact page I have dug up an NPR Science Friday broadcast concerning the discovery and naming of Nasutoceratops. Have a listen and enjoy.
05 October 2013
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|Highlights by David Thomson|
02 October 2013
01 October 2013
More than one study has been conducted on canine brain evolution. This, in part, is most likely due to the fact that people love dogs; canines are man's best friend after all. There have also been recent (this article is from 1994, so not too recent) phylogenetic studies conducted on Hesperocyon as well, but I admit I am more interested in the brain question today. Both of the papers I have found on brain evolution in canids discuss the evolution of the entire lineage of canines from Hesperocyon to the modern members of the family. One study uses endocranial casts of skulls throughout the lineage to discuss the evolution of the canids whereas the second paper discusses the endocranial casts of only Hesperocyon gregarius and Hesperocyon sp. to draw conclusions about the evolution of the canine brain. The former is available with purchase, subscription, or library loan and, while it appears to be solid in its science, that is only a preliminary conclusion drawn from the abstract. The latter paper is available for free, is a a fairly good read, and does provide a lot of good information in addition to a few very high detail images of skull casts, which are great to look at.