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2012-10-04 10:08:30 AM  
I've got a big head and little fangs!
 
2012-10-04 10:13:21 AM  
Blah!
 
2012-10-04 10:20:53 AM  
 
2012-10-04 10:29:48 AM  
Transylvania 6-5000BC?
 
2012-10-04 10:31:47 AM  
Sigh. Yet another dead critter that we have no idea whether it was tasty or not.

Interesting it was released less than 2 weeks before the SVP meeting in Raleigh this year.
 
2012-10-04 10:58:57 AM  
That was a really weird video.
 
2012-10-04 11:51:55 AM  
www.wall321.com
 
2012-10-04 12:52:24 PM  
I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.
 
2012-10-04 01:17:47 PM  

meade2001: Relevant


Came here for that........glad Matt's site got some love on here!
 
2012-10-04 01:28:24 PM  

Dinodork:

Interesting it was released less than 2 weeks before the SVP meeting in Raleigh this year.


This actually sounds like a pretty neat specimen. I'm sure Paul will be presenting something about it at SVP, and there will likely be another press release in a couple of weeks.

/have to miss the meeting this year.... boo.
 
2012-10-04 02:44:40 PM  

The Shoveller: Dinodork:

Interesting it was released less than 2 weeks before the SVP meeting in Raleigh this year.

This actually sounds like a pretty neat specimen. I'm sure Paul will be presenting something about it at SVP, and there will likely be another press release in a couple of weeks.

/have to miss the meeting this year.... boo.


I just found out 2 days ago that I'm going. We'll be showing off a new pliosaur skull (then donating it to the auction). I'm sure with this new critter out the Sereno fan club swarm will be nigh impenetrable. Just like the Bakker Stalkers.

/I'll have photos of our new Avaceratops though
 
2012-10-04 02:56:43 PM  

Dinodork: .... Bakker Stalkers.


We always refer to them as 'Bakker's Backers'. They seem to be dwindling in numbers, and may go extinct in the near future.
 
2012-10-04 02:58:25 PM  

unchellmatt: I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.


Meh, it's a herbivore, it's only gonna run away. Unless...
 
2012-10-04 05:26:10 PM  
Dat's not a vampire dinosaur...

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2012-10-04 05:40:49 PM  
Pretty nifty, would be even more nifty if like its cousin Tianyulong there is evidence of dinoquill preservation (as it is, heterodontosaurs ARE pretty much felt to be little bristlebeasts in general, but it never hurts to get more confirmation--especially as heterodontosaurs are fairly basal as far as ornithischian dinosaurs go and this has some rather strong implications for the existence of protofeathers in the Most Recent Common Ancestor of the two big dinosaurian clades and possibly for archosaurs in general)--I've not seen anything yet that dinoquills were preserved, more that it's speculative based on Tianyulong, but it'd be Damned Neat to find we have a whole clade of Triassic bristlebeasts :D.

As it is, little Pegomastax looks to me less like "Dracosaur" and reminds me of more of...well...a cute little Triassic-era dinosaurian hedgehog-analogue :D Small, cute (at least I think it's cute...then again, I think aye-ayes are cute), bristly, eats fruit. WHY YOU HAVE TO GO EXTINCT IN TRIASSIC ERA WRYYYYY :D (For those not reading paleogeek journals, there's actually a better layman's writeup of the cutie in Discover Magazine's blog.)

(And yes, it's teeny enough you COULD keep it in your house if it still was among the living. It's tinier than most cats--not even a foot and a half long INCLUDING tail (and about half of it is tail), might reach up to calf height. Bigger chickens could probably beat this little guy up. It's proportionately about the size of a chinchilla, and chinchillas are kept all the time as pets. :D)
 
2012-10-04 07:06:40 PM  

CygnusDarius: unchellmatt: I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.

Meh, it's a herbivore, it's only gonna run away. Unless...


Nah, it'd run away, trust me. The thing is seriously only about the size of a well-fed New York rat (it might come up HALFWAY to your thigh and half of it is tail). It's seriously teensy:

graphics8.nytimes.com

It couldn't cassowary-kick you and there's a non-negligible risk you'd accidentally step on it--it's maybe the size of a decent crow or a starling. (And this is part of what makes it neat--it's one of the teeniest non-avian dinosaurs we know of. :D)

Dinosaurian. Hedgehog. :D
 
2012-10-04 07:41:09 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: CygnusDarius: unchellmatt: I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.

Meh, it's a herbivore, it's only gonna run away. Unless...

Nah, it'd run away, trust me. The thing is seriously only about the size of a well-fed New York rat (it might come up HALFWAY to your thigh and half of it is tail). It's seriously teensy:

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 386x500]

It couldn't cassowary-kick you and there's a non-negligible risk you'd accidentally step on it--it's maybe the size of a decent crow or a starling. (And this is part of what makes it neat--it's one of the teeniest non-avian dinosaurs we know of. :D)

Dinosaurian. Hedgehog. :D


The image is of the smaller chinese relative. The animal the article is about suggests a full meter length, not 45cm. The big mama could bite you in the knee.
 
2012-10-04 07:50:58 PM  

Dinodork: Great Porn Dragon: CygnusDarius: unchellmatt: I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.

Meh, it's a herbivore, it's only gonna run away. Unless...

Nah, it'd run away, trust me. The thing is seriously only about the size of a well-fed New York rat (it might come up HALFWAY to your thigh and half of it is tail). It's seriously teensy:

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 386x500]

It couldn't cassowary-kick you and there's a non-negligible risk you'd accidentally step on it--it's maybe the size of a decent crow or a starling. (And this is part of what makes it neat--it's one of the teeniest non-avian dinosaurs we know of. :D)

Dinosaurian. Hedgehog. :D

The image is of the smaller chinese relative. The animal the article is about suggests a full meter length, not 45cm. The big mama could bite you in the knee.


Ah, thanks for the clarification (I swear, the articles have been mixing the various labels for various heterodontosaurs left and right, and it is a pretty obscure little group of plant-eaters).

So it actually is more porcupine-sized (body-wise--porcupines are NOT little, especially not the African porkies--think a smallish and very prickly groundhog)...still cute, though. ;3

Anyways, as you're going to the conference where folks can ask more questions about this new critter, I'll defer to your judgement here.
 
2012-10-04 07:56:43 PM  

unchellmatt: I don't know what it is, but christfark it's PISSED.


Naaahhh... to be really pissed, you have to win the "world's ugliest dog" contest three years in a row. Then "pissed" looks like this:

blogs.law.harvard.edu
 
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