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Dinosaur Profile: Velociraptor

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Velociraptor 5 Facts It was a carnivore. It hunted mainly small dinosaurs like Protoceratops.It lived about 75 million years in Mongolia.It's maximum speed was 40mphIt was a biped.It ate meat. If you want to learn more, check here. 😊 ENJOY!

The Science of Dinosaur Movies

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There are a lot of websites about dinosaurs but, they aren't accurate as you think. So, here is a good site that you should look at and follow: SV-POW!

So, what is the science behind these movies? In Jurassic Park 3, the Spinosaurus runs on 2 hind legs fighting a T.rex. In real life, it would swim and it wouldn't fight that way. The Spinosaurus wouldn't roar in real life. Here is a video on that:

 Same with the Velociraptor. It didn't have any feathers and at least it should've had Stage 2 feathers on its arms and body. A new study showed that Velociraptor had feathers based on quill nobs. Here is another video on that:


Dinosaur Profile: Apatosaurus

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Apatosaurus Apatosaurus was a massive dinosaur. It lived in the Jurassic in Colorado. It's name means "Deceptive Lizard". The dinosaur used to be called Brontosaurus but, the name got changed. Since you have to use the name it was first called for a species, Apatosaurus was the name it was called by. Some scientists still think that Brontosaurus was a different species than Apatosaurus. Here is a video on Apatosaurus:
Apatosaurus was featured a lot in pop culture. It is used for shirt designs and it is in various movies and video games. But, are those depictions scientifically accurate? Some people say yes and some say no but, I think the depictions are inaccurate. For example, the Apatosaurus in King Kong is so inaccurate. It doesn't even look real. I think people should portray them like animals not beasts.

Dinosaur Scientific Research Part 2

Eofauna is a research company and does research on many different prehistoric animals including dinosaurs. Their home site is Here.

Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings is Here. Make sure to follow that blog.

Victoria's blog is something you want to follow so, this is the Link.

That is it for today.

Another blog you want to follow is Tetrapod Zoology. The blog is Here.


Dinosaur Scientific Research Part 1

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These are lecture videos, mainly. Dave Hone shows fantastically accurate videos in companion to his book. Here it is:



With also a Q&A session

Steve Brussate has an interview. So here it is. It is in companion to his new book.

Same with Victoria. She has a special project on Theropod tooth marks. The links are in my other post.

There are other books written by paleontologists and are up to date. In Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evoloved and The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, there is a further reading list you can check out.

Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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A new dinosaur movie is coming out this summer. It is the sequel of Jurassic World. In the movie, they have to rescue the remaining dinosaur species from Isla Nublar with an extra emphasis on Raptor Blue, the last remaining Raptor on the island. As you can see, the original T.rex from Jurassic Park is in the movie as well but, there are new dinosaurs too. The new dinosaurs include:

Carnotaurus

Indoraptor

Baryonx

Stygimoloch

Indoraptor is the new hybrid dinosaur in the movie and it is black with a yellow stripe.


Dinosaur Profile: Tyrannosaurus Rex

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Tyrannosaurus Rex One of the most ferocious dinosaurs was T.rex. It lived in Montana 66 million years ago. The environment back then was swampy with lots of forests and was coastal. T.rex didn't roar. In fact, it made a croaking sound. Here is a video:
As the video shows, T.rex didn't really make a loud sound. Jurassic Park's T.rex sound was made by combining an elephant, a tiger, and a lot of different animals. You can use a lot of animal sounds (ex. a crocodile, a panther, a puma, a jaguar, a leopard, a lion) to make a T.rex roar. Jurassic Park's T.rex is also inaccurate because it has wrinkly, naked skin instead of feathers. Here is another video that explains that: Finally, to conclude T.rex was about 42 feet long, about 20 feet tall, and about 6 tons.

Dinosaur Month: February 2015-May 2018 Part 2

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New research came out that large dinosaurs didn't sit directly on their eggs. The article is at The Royal Society.

An excellent specimen of Buriolestes was discovered. The article is here.

Time for some Jurassic World news? You Bettcha.

First, Universal Studios is replacing its Jurassic Park ride with a Jurassic World one. The link is here.

There is a new video for Jurassic World: Evolution. Here is the link.

There is a feature trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Here is the link.

There is a study that shows that Tyrannosaurs were feathered. Check out the research.

Calcium isotopes have been found in dinosaur teeth. The research is here.

A juvenile Diplodocoid femur at Dinosaur National Monument has bite marks. The research is here.

There are new Jurassic World costumes coming out in August. The link is here.

A new Megaraptoran dinosaur has been found in Patagonia. The article is here.

Okay, that is it. I hope you keep reading those articles and learn new stuff about dinos…

2014 Dinosaur Discoveries

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Let's start off by talking about Spinosaurus. New studies show that Spinosaurus was semi aquatic and was quadrupedal. The paper is here.


Second, a new sauropod was found. It is called Dreadnoughtus. It is one of the most complete specimen of a dinosaur ever. The paper is at Nature.

 Some new specimens of the Ornithomimosaur Deinocheirus mirificus have been found. 50 years ago, scientists only knew about the arms of this animal. Now we know it is an Ornithomimosaur. So, the paper is here.

A new cousin of T.rex has been found in the Arctic. It is called Nanuqsaurus. The full article is at Plos One.

A new early plant eating dinosaur was found. Research has shown that Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus was the first dinosaur to eat plants. It also had feathers similar to chickens. So, if you are interested, the link to the article is here.

A common ancestor of all Ceratopsians that live in North America has been found. It is named Aquilops. The article is here.

Two new Ceratopsians have been…

Dinosaur Month: February 2015-May 2018 Part 1

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Lets start off. The first news is that a new fossil was found of Icthyornis and that scientists could make a 3D reconstruction of the skull. The article is in Nature.


Next up is that a new Spinosaur bone has been discovered in Brazil shows evidence of aquatic behavior. The article can be found here and here is the video:

In 2021, Jurassic World 3 is coming out and it won't feature any hybrid dinosaurs according to Slashfilm. So, here is the link. Jurassic World 3 will be a science-thriller just like the original Jurassic Park.

A new relative of Iguanodon was found in China and the fossil was well-preserved. The article is at ResearchGate.

Theropods ate their prey by using a "puncture and pull" system. The paper is here and Victoria also explains it on her blog which is here.

Another dinosaur movie is coming on DVD soon. It is called The Jurassic Games. The link to the website is here.

On the news is that puppeteers are doing a Raptor Blue and Indoraptor animatronics for

Dinosaur Profile: Utahraptor

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Utahraptor Utahraptor was a predatory dinosaur that lived in Utah, about 120 million years ago. Fossils of the dinosaur are found in the Cedar Mountain Formation. The name means "Utah Predator". It was the biggest dromeosaur ever discovered. It weighed from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. Found in 1993, this predator was named after John Ostrom.  It's claw was almost a foot long. It used it for hunting and slashing into a dinosaur's skin. It was the dinosaur equivalent of a Saber-toothed Cat. It ate dinosaurs like Iguanodon, Astrodon, and Gastonia.

Ok, here is Jim Kirkland with his video:
 Utahraptor was also depicted in video games. The most accurate reconstruction was probably in Primal Carnage.
Okay, that is it for our dinosaur profile. Hope you enjoyed it.

New Books

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New Books, yay!

Today I'm going to post the newest dinosaur books for adults. They are all art books.

All Yesterdays by John Conway

According to Amazon: "All Yesterdays is a book about the way we see dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Lavishly illustrated with over sixty original artworks, All Yesterdays aims to challenge our notions of how prehistoric animals looked and behaved. As a critical exploration of palaeontological art, All Yesterdays asks questions about what is probable, what is possible, and what is commonly ignored. Written by palaeozoologist Darren Naish, and palaeontological artists John Conway and C.M. Kosemen, All Yesterdays is scientifically rigorous and artistically imaginative in its approach to fossils of the past - and those of the future."

How to Draw Dinosaurs volumes 1 and 2 by Tracy Lee Ford

According to Amazon: "In 1996, at the 2nd Dinofest in Arizona I met Mike Fredricks. He self publishes Prehistoric Times. At the banquet I sat at a …

Why Why Why?

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Why can't I stop posting?
Anyway, Here is a T-rex picture for you:








Anyway, lets get into reading. The books are semi technical so, here they are: The Sauropod Dinosaurs by Mark Hallett and Mathew J.Wedel According to Amazon: "FromThe Land Before Time toJurassic Park,images of fantastically large, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaurs have captured our imaginations. These are the sauropods: centerpieces of museums and gentle giants of the distant past. Imagine what it must have been like to crest a hill and see in the valley below not just one sauropod, but an entire herd, feeding its way across the landscape. The most massive land animals ever to have lived, sauropods roamed widely across the continents through most of the "Age of Dinosaurs" from about 220 to 65 million years ago. They reached incredible sizes, giving rise to the question: Why were they so big? Early guesses suggested that they gained protection from predators by virtue of their size, which also allowe…

Sorry

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I am so sorry but, I can't stop blogging.

These books are more for adults so, be prepared. Here they are:

Dinosaur Odyssey by Scott D. Sampson and Phillip Currie
According to Amazon: "This captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of dinosaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading dinosaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past twenty-five years, the most active period in the history of dinosaur paleontology, during which more “new” species were named than in all prior history. With these discoveries―and the most recent controversies―in mind, Sampson reconstructs the odyssey of the dinosaurs from their humble origins on the supercontinent Pangaea, to their reign as the largest animals the planet has ever known, and finally to their abrupt demise. Much more than the sto…

Second Time I Am Here!

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This is my second time.😊

Looks scary, right?
I know you are expecting more book recommendations.
So, here they are:
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brussate
According to Amazon: "The dinosaurs.Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. NowThe Rise and Fall of the Dinosaursreveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.
In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, catac…