The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the most popular dinosaur for good reason: it was huge, ferocious, had comically tiny arms, and ate a lawyer off a toilet (LOL) in “Jurassic Park.” What’s not to love? But what if I told you that paleontologists in Alaska just discovered a new relative of T-Rex that they’ve dubbed “Pygmy T-Rex”? That would instantly be your new favorite dinosaur, right? Nanuqsaurus hoglundi is the (much less catchy) official name for this newly discovered creature, which was half as big as a full-sized T-Rex and roamed the arctic 70 million years ago. As much as I wish Pygmy T-Rex was the size of, say, a chihuahua, Nanuqsaurus was actually a huge, terrifying beast: 25 feet long, with sharp teeth and a taste for meat (no word on if it shares its larger cousin’s craving for lawyers). Still, any fearsome dinosaur with “pygmy” in its name is automatically qualified as “adorable” in my eyes. [Discover]
Every November, Refe Tuma and his wife wait until their daughters are fast asleep, and then create intricate scenes with their toy dinosaurs, making it look like the toys have come to life overnight and wrought havoc around the family home. The brilliant parents call their tradition “Dinovember.”
It started with the mischievous dinos getting into a box of cereal and making a mess on the kitchen table, and quickly escalated to more sophisticated setups from there. One particularly adorable moment from Dinovember involved the dinosaurs cracking open a carton of eggs and seemingly dining on them during the night. When the girls discovered their toys’ slimy path of destruction the next morning, they whispered, “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.” Keep reading »
See that dinosaur on the beach? Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce you to KING OF GORE, a newly discovered tyrannosaur that was a predecessor of the infamous T. Rex. Lythronax argestes, as it’s known by paleontologists, literally means “Gore King from the Southwest,” and was unearthed in Utah. I’ve always had a thing for dinos, but King of Gore renewed my interest. I mean, talk about a bad ass name! SO METAL. I was so inspired by King of Gore’s discovery that I decided to peruse the web for dinosaur-friendly fashions. Dinos are not just for eight-year-old boys, dammit.
Earlier this week, the Internet found out there’s a market for prehistoric heavy petting.
But who’s behind dinosaur erotica and its titillating tales of veloci-rapture? HuffPost Weird spoke with Alara Branwen, co-author of works such as Taken by the T-Rex, Ravished by the Triceratops and In the Velociraptor’s Nest.
Branwen said she and co-author Christie Sims, both in their early 20s, write under pseudonyms and won’t be revealing their true identities anytime soon.
“Do you really think we are crazy enough to publish what we publish under our own names?” she asked. Read more on Huffington Post…
Daisy Morris, a nine-year-old girl from Whitwell, England, has been interested in fossil-hunting since she was just a toddler. Back in 2009, while walking along the beach on the Isle of Wight with her family, Daisy, then just four years-old, noticed a tiny black bone protruding from the sand. “I saw [the bone] poking out of the ground, so I dug it up,” she explains. The family presented Daisy’s find to a fossil expert at Southampton University, who knew instantly it was something special. Keep reading »
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pegomastax africanus, a newly discovered dinosaur about the size of a house cat, with self-sharpening fangs and porcupine-like quills. It looks vicious, but scientists believe Pego (that’s its nickname from now on, OK?) was an herbivore who used those fearsome teeth for nothing more than foraging yummy plants and defending its adorable little self. Another bombshell? Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago, insists that if this long-extinct creature were still around today, “it would be a nice pet—if you could train it not to nip you.” Well fancy that. I’ve been wanting to get a Pomeranian, but suddenly I want a Pegomastax instead. Amelia, would you and Lucca care to join us for a walk? [National Geographic]