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Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate (10x) (via Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate | 2013 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

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Parasaurolophus is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur that lived in what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, about 76.5–73 million years ago. It was a herbivore that walked both as a biped and a quadruped.

72 Million Year Old Dinosaur to Go On Display in Canada




Somebody take me right freaking NOW.

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Ceratosaurus skull lateral view (by taburinsdino)

Ceratosaurus nasicornis (meaning “horned lizard”) was a predatory dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic Period. As typical to theropod dinosaurs, Ceratosaurus had a very large head, smaller forelimbs, a long tail, very powerful hind limbs, and small dermal armour running down the length of its back. The teeth of Ceratosaurus are very long and blade-like.

What is most characteristic to his theropod is the horn-like ridges that run on the top of the animal’s head, which are created due to the nasal bones protruding out of the skull, with smaller ridges created over the eyes from the lacrimal bones. Most likely, the horns were used to attract mates, along for territorial purposes against other Ceratosaurus males; making the chances of the horns . It is also (less) theorised the horns could have been used for mild fighting mechanisms during a battle for breeding rights between males.

Ceratosaurus is estimated to weigh around 1 ton, with a general length of 25 feet, and 8 feet in height. Skeletons have been found in North America, Tanzania, and Portugal.

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Things we’re asking Santasaurus for this year:

  1. Dinosaur locket, babyjewlz on etsy.
  2. Dinosaur planter, crazycouture on etsy.
  3. Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time by Richard Milner
  4. Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart
  5. Disappearing dino mug
  6. Cuddlekins dinosaur stuffed animals
  7. Planet Dinosaur
  8. Jurassic Park
  9. Prints from any of the awesome artists we feature from deviantart.

What dino goodies are you hoping to get?

lg_1850.jpgOh my god, this actually exists. PLUSH PARASAUROLOPHUS!

New “Sauron” Dinosaur Found, Big as T. Rex


Named after the demonic Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings films, a new species of flesh-ripping dinosaur terrorized North Africa some 95 million years ago, a new study says.

The species—Sauroniops pachytholus, or “eye of Sauron” in Greek—was identified from a single fossil unearthed in southeastern Morocco in 2007.

That fossil included only part the upper skull—including the eye socket, study leader Andrea Cau, of the Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini in Bologna, Italy, said by email.

“The idea of a predator that is physically known only as its fierce eye reminded me of Sauron, in particular as depicted in Peter Jackson’s movies,” Cau explained. Read more.

Volunteered at the Pacific Science Center downtown today for Life Sciences Research Weekend. About 15 minutes of my time afterwards was spent having quality time with my favorite dinosaur, the parasaurolophus.


Pachycephalosaurus, by tavari.

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I don’t think i’ve even made a post about these yet? Even though they’re my favourite dinosaurs…

Males and females had different sized crests, meaning obvious sexual dimorphism in appearance- and possibly also in voice, if their crests were indeed used to amplify sounds. They would have lived in swampy, forested areas, feeding on water plants and tough vegetation which was processed with their extremely efficient tooth batteries.

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One of the clearest transitional forms between dinosaurs and birds that has been discovered so far. Fossils have been found with beautifully preserved feathers, and it is essentially these alone that prevent it from being classified as a dinosaur.

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Moderately sized plesiosaurs, they reached roughly 11-15 feet in length. They had small, narrow heads, with long teeth adapted for catching fish. They probably swam with an undulating movement, using their rear paddles in a flying motion and their front paddles for stabilisation and to control the angle and direction they swam in. Fossils have been found containing gastroliths, which they would have swallowed to regulate their buoyancy- using the weight of the stones to counteract the air in their lungs.

“Plesiosaurus” is also a wastebasket taxon, meaning all sorts of fossil specimens have been assigned this name (Iguanodon and Megalosaurus were, and still are, wastebasket taxons, thanks to 19th Century paleontologists.)

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Parasaurolophus walkeri bull by #Paleoartists

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Archaic - Black Raptor by ~orbyss

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Museum interior by Lawrence OP on Flickr.