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Mar 20, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Atlascopcosaurus, an Early Cretaceous iguanodont from southern Australia.

We also interviewed Michael D'Emic, Assistant Professor of Biology at Adelphi University. He has studied dinosaur body size evolution, bone tissues, and teeth. We discuss the crazy number of teeth that Majungasaurus grew, Allosaurus growth variation, why some Titanosaurs had osteoderms, and a lot more. Follow him on Twitter @astrophocaudia

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new ornithopod, Galleonosaurus dorisae, was found in Southern Victoria, Australia
  • A group of 29 young ornithopods were named Convolosaurus marri in Texas
  • Jurassic National Monument in Utah was confirmed as part of a new public lands bill
  • India is planning on building their own version of the Smithsonian Museum, called the Indian Museum of Earth
  • Calgary Zoo in Canada is giving its Dinny the Dinosaur statue a $200,000 makeover
  • An animatronic dinosaur ride is coming to the Bronx Zoo in April
  • In Berkeley New Jersey, there will soon be a new dinosaur outside Sand Castle Diner, to keep Bud the Bayville dinosaur company
  • Publication Studio Games created a fun text based, choose your own adventure game, called A Dinosaur Named David Swims in a Japanese pool
  • You can now buy a toy model version of the Google Chrome T. rex

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Atlascopcosaurus, more links from Michael D'Emic, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Atlascopcosaurus-Episode-225/

Mar 13, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Dromaeosaurus, the bigger badder cousin of velociraptor with a bite about three times as strong.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new baby oviraptorid, Gobiraptor minutus, from Cretaceous Mongolia that may have eaten bivalves
  • The first stegosaur named in Mongolia, Mongolostegus exspectabilis, may be the most recent stegosaur found to date
  • A new article in Nature shows that two-thirds of 3D scan data is not shared online, largely so authors can exclusively use it for future work
  • The Montana House of Representatives passed the bill that says fossils are part of a property’s surface estate, not the mineral estate
  • The National Showcaves Centre for Wales sold a 15ft tall 30 ft long Allosaurus sculpture to make space for new sculptures

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Dromaeosaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Dromaeosaurus-Episode-224/

Mar 6, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Nodosaurus, the original member of Nodosauridae (the clade of ankylosaurs without tail clubs).

Interview with Thomas Hopp, scientist, inventor, lecturer, and author. He’s written a number of short stories and novels, including the science fiction series Dinosaur Wars. He has also proposed that dinosaurs evolved feathers on their hindlimbs to warm their nests.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new American Tyrannosauroid, Moros intrepidus, was about 30 million years younger than T. rex and 1% its size
  • The Irish coast guard were called to recover some T. rex bones which turned out to be a hoax
  • Matt Lamanna, will present “Diving for Dinosaurs: Cretaceous fossils from Croatia” at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Pismo Beach, California, had a grand re-opening recently for Dinosaur Caves Park
  • In the UK, you can now buy Easter-themed chocolate dinosaurs at both Aldi and Marks & Spencer
  • Metahub posted a list of the best and worst dinosaurs in Jurassic World Alive

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Nodosaurus, more links from Thomas Hopp, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Nodosaurus-Episode-223/

Feb 27, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Mei long, the "soundly sleeping dragon" from China.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new Iguanodontian, Pareisactus evrostos, was found in Spain with an extra thick shoulder blade
  • A roughly three-year-old early Saurischian, Nhandumirim waldsangae, was found in Brazil and named after its distant cousin: the rhea
  • An Iguanodontian, Sektensaurus sanjuanboscoi, was found on an island in a lake that’s only visible when water levels are low
  • 25% a trackway from Winton, Queensland, Australia have been relocated to protect them from erosion
  • A professional LEGO building company, is working on the “Brickosaur” show for Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, UK
  • Someone managed to flyboard while wearing an inflatable T. rex costume
  • Apex Legends has dinosaur easter eggs in the form of dinosaur toys
  • A “Jurassic Fight Night” with large dinosaur puppets was held in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ashley Hall started a new Instagram @dresslikeascientist which features lots of dinosaur clothes and accessories

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Mei long, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Mei long-Episode-222/

Feb 20, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Dromiceiomimus, likely one of the fastest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic.

Interview with Eric Przybyszewski, a student at Montana State University’s Department of Earth Sciences and researcher at Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, Montana. He is the lead author of the team working on a newly found dinosaur nesting site in Montana.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new enantiornithine from China, Shangyang, the “rain bird” was described with a fused premaxilla
  • Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia, found in Tanzania is one of the most complete early titanosaurs found to date
  • New legislation may define fossils as part of a property’s surface rights to prevent future lawsuits
  • The National Museum in Brazil has recovered about 2,000 items following the massive fire last year
  • The Sternberg Museum of Natural History has opened its new Oceans of Kansas Fossil Prep Lab
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has a Dinosaur Discovery exhibit up from now through April in Ohio
  • BBC has a new film called My Pet Dinosaur including dinosaur science and science fiction

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Dromiceiomimus, more links from Eric Przybyszewski, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Dromiceiomimus-Episode-221/

 

Feb 13, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Mussaurus, the "mouse lizard" sauropodomorph from Argentina.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new Amargasaurus relative, Bajadasaurus, was described with some amazing neck spines
  • A dinosaur foot including feathers and scutes was found preserved in amber
  • The original feather that defined Archaeopteryx may not belong to Archaeopteryx as it's now defined
  • A new dinosaur fossil went on display in Japan and may be the county's oldest dinosaur fossil
  • An event called Teach Rex in Liverpool in the UK
  • The new owner of a Flintstones theme park in Arizona plans to partially repurpose it for birding
  • A new website is digitizing bird skeletons, so far mostly from New Zealand
  • Both Dippy the Diplodocus and Trix the T. rex will soon be on display together in Glasgow, Scotland
  • There’s a new play in the UK about Gideon Mantell, called Dinomania

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Mussaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Mussaurus-Episode-220/

Feb 6, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Nedoceratops, the lesser known ceratopsian in the Triceratops vs Torosaurus debate.

Interview with Denver Fowler & Liz Freedman Fowler, paleontologists who work at the Badlands Dinosaur Museum. Denver is the curator. Liz is an Associate Professor of Biology at Dickinson State University. They have worked on a nodosaur, tyrannosaur, ceratopsians, hadrosaurs, and other dinosaurs all over the world. Check out there upcoming conference.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new sauropod from Tanzania, Wamweracaudia, emerges from an analysis of 100+ sauropods
  • Dave Hone has a survey up to get feedback on his research impact
  • Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha Nebraska has a new indoor exhibit called Dinosaur UpRoar
  • There’s a new T. rex Science Center in the works in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Polish graphic designer Jans Bajtlik made a tie featuring a map of Warsaw and dinosaurs
  • Dead Sound released a short animated dinosaur story called Sharp Teeth

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Nedoceratops, more links from Denver Fowler & Liz Freedman Fowler, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Nedoceratops-Episode-219/

Jan 30, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Mononykus, an Alvarezsaurid with tiny arms but big claws that lived in the Late Cretaceous in what is now Mongolia.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Eubrontes tracks may have been made by a sauropodomorph instead of a predator
  • UV vision may have helped dinosaurs see their way through dense forests
  • There may have been an increase in asteroid impacts near the beginning of the Mesozoic
  • The lawsuit regarding Bears Ears monument status will be heard in Washington D.C.
  • Paris the Parasaurolophus sculpture has “laid an egg” (really grown a mushroom)
  • The Japanese manga series One Piece has a story arc with a group of dinosaur pirates
  • The mobile game Dino People lets you build a very simple dinosaur civilization

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Mononykus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Mononykus-Episode-218/

Jan 23, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Nanosaurus, a small herbivorous dinosaur from the Late Jurassic.

Interview with Tom Holtz, principal lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Department of Geology and the Faculty Director of the Science and Global Change Program. His primary focus is theropods, especially tyrannosaurids. He has also written several books, including Dinosaurs: The Most Complete Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages and Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide. Follow him on twitter @TomHoltzPaleo

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Our first new dinosaur of 2019 is Adynomosaurus, the “weak shouldered” hadrosaur from Northeast Spain
  • Bob the 90% complete Triceratops from North Dakota is back on sale
  • In Mongolia, two men were arrested while trying to sell a dinosaur fossil after posting it on Facebook
  • Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx opened at Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History
  • The American Museum of Natural History in New York has a new exhibit, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator opening on March 11
  • The Natural History Museum in London and the Science Museum next door will have related exhibits opening in 2020 featuring dinosaurs
  • The app MyFossil allows you to upload fossil images from the field to compare and discuss findings and techniques
  • Tri-C, a community college in Cleveland, Ohio, has a new Triceratops mascot
  • The Atlantic has a fun gallery of “dinosaur statues of questionable accuracy”

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Nanosaurus, more links from Tom Holtz, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Nanosaurus-Episode-217/

Jan 16, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Megaraptor, A large theropod with claws over one foot long (originally thought to be foot claws, now known to be hand claws).

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Stegosaurus and Plateosaurus had much stronger bites than their close ancestors, while T. rex had a bite similar to its relatives
  • A new model shows how the mega-tsunami at the end-cretaceous spread around the world
  • The Planetario Alfa museum has an exhibit Dinosaurs Made in Mexico
  • An Indian geologist stirred up controversy claiming that Hindu god Lord Brahma discovered dinosaurs
  • In London at Greenwich Theatre there are two one act dinosaur-related plays running January 16 to 19
  • Turok the Dinosaur Hunter is getting a comic book reboot

This episode is brought to you in part by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Megaraptor, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Megaraptor-Episode-216/

 

Jan 9, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Tarchia, a Mongolian ankylosaur that was likely prey of Tarbosaurus.

Interview with Past Time podcast, Matt, Adam, and Catherine are the hosts. They are all also paleontologists working with reptiles, lemurs, and bird brains. Check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • The new theropod Saltriovenator zanellai from the Italian alps pushes back the first date of 1 ton carnivores to the earliest Jurassic
  • A fluid mechanics model confirms that ankylosaur nasal passages could have cooled their brains
  • A team of 60 people have recovered about 1,500 items from the ashes of Rio’s National Museum
  • The Bayville dinosaur in Berkeley Township, New Jersey is now fully restored and back
  • The three Drumheller dinosaur sculptures which were damaged beyond repair are on schedule to be replaced this spring
  • The new Aquaman movie apparently features T. rex like dinosaurs

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Tarchia, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Tarchia-Episode-215/

 

Jan 2, 2019

Dinosaur of the day Thecodontosaurus, a Triassic sauropodomorph discovered in 1830s England.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Best discovery: Ledumahadi
  • 2nd best discovery: Jinyunpelta
  • Best listener question: What species of modern bird is the closest living relative of theropods, or more specifically raptors?
  • Most controversial paper: Spinosaurus probably couldn’t swim very well
  • Best dino food study: Dromeosaurs probably didn’t pack hunt
  • Best dinosaur biomechanic study: “Puncture-and-Pull Biomechanics”
  • Best paleopathology study: Diplodocus femur and hip pathologies
  • Best new tracksite: Goddard Space Flight Center tracks
  • Best extinction paper: How widespread forest fires affected bird evolution
  • Best baby dinosaur discovery: A nestling-sized skeleton of Edmontosaurus
  • Best Book (fiction): Bolivar (published end of 2017)
  • Best Book (non-fiction): The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
  • Best board Game: Jurassic Park: Danger
  • 2nd best board game: Cluedo: The Stolen Stegosaurus Mystery game
  • Best Video Game: Jurassic World: Evolution
  • Best movie release: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Best Video (live action): Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom parkour
  • Best Video (animated): College Humor Jurassic Park with other prehistoric creatures
  • 2nd best Video (animated): Jurassic Park in heels
  • Best story about dinosaurs bringing people together: A four-year-old received over 100 dinosaur toys after his house burned down

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Thecodontosaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Thecodontosaurus-Episode-214/

 

Dec 26, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Qantassaurus, a small, quick, bipedal herbivore from Australia.

Interview with Dustin Growick, the Senior Creative Consultant at Museum Hack at AMNH. He also hosts Caveat's VERSUS in NYC and the popular YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show. Follow him on Instagram @dinosaurwhisperer

Answer our survey to give feedback and help shape our show for next year! bit.ly/IKDsurvey2018

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new titanosaur from Argentina was named Baalsaurus
  • Two new pterosaurs were found with fossilized feathers—making a shared feathery ancestor between dinosaurs and pterosaurs slightly more likely
  • A new dinosaur trackway from East Sussex, England preserves at least 7 species among 85 tracks
  • Embryonic research of birds explains where two missing bones went as dinosaurs evolved into birds
  • New details on the first two dinosaur fossils found in Oregon
  • BBC explains hw a shepherd in South Africa found a massive dinosaur bonebed
  • Canadian Museum of Nature is preparing a large Triceratops skull
  • A Smithsonian article discusses the complexities of the dinosaur extinction
  • Mike Taylor and Matt Wedel from SV-Pow are writing a paper on Github
  • Ulsan, South Korea has a new Dinosaur Footprint Park
  • Das Praehistorium in Germany has a “Moby Dick” like Megalodon experience and dinosaur sculptures
  • The BoJack Horseman writer Jonny Sun posted a really unfortunate dinosaur toy that he won
  • Jurassic Park has now been added to the National Film Registry
  • The game Jurassic World Evolution has a new update, with three new dinosaurs you can have in your park
  • Jurassic World 3 will feature dinosaurs as more of an invasive species than Godzilla-like city-destroyers

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Qantassaurus, more links from Dustin Growick, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Qantassaurus-Episode-213/

 

Dec 19, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Wuerhosaurus, possibly the last ever stegosaur.

Answer our survey to give feedback and help shape our show for next year! bit.ly/IKDsurvey2018

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Three exceptionally well preserved new sauropodomorphs in Brazil were used to describe the new genus Macrocollum (literally “long neck”)
  • Another new opalized dinosaur fossil was found in Australia, this one was from a jaw and named a new genus—Weewarrasaurus
  • Seven vertebrae from the banks of the Volga river were used to describe the new titanosaur Volgatitan
  • Histology on a fossil from northeastern China appears to show that enantiornithine dinosaurs had medullary bone
  • A bunch of dinosaur footprints have been found in Zhaojue county, Sichuan Province, China, at a copper mine
  • Zuul went on display on December 15 at the Royal Ontario Museum; Several events are planned around its unveiling
  • The new Field Museum Mesozoic murals drew a lot of ire for copying paleoartists’ work without permission
  • The Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian are working to digitize all the fossils in their collections
  • Disney Channel has a new dinosaur show, called Gigantosaurus (not to be confused with the actual dinosaur Giganotosaurus)
  • The Australia Zoo installed a new life-sized Triceratops

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. Get a baby T. rex sculpture or other rewards by joining their Kickstarter! kck.st/2FRwB9p

And by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Wuerhosaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Wuerhosaurus-Episode-212/

Dec 12, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Dracopelta, an ankylosaur with sides covered in overlapping armor.

Interview with Brian Switek, a science writer who’s written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, Nature, Slate, and Jurassic World, to name a few, he has a blog, Laelaps, on Scientific American, and he’s written numerous books, including My Beloved Brontosaurus, Prehistoric Predators, and Written in Stone.

Answer our survey to give feedback and help shape our show for next year! bit.ly/IKDsurvey2018

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new dinosaur, and close relative to Carnotaurus, was named after the supervillain Thanos
  • The holotype jaw of Megalosaurus from the 1790s was chemically analyzed, they found Lead and Barium indicating two separate repairs
  • A rare opalized dinosaur toe bone of Kakuru kujani from South Australia resurfaced for sale online after five decades
  • Johnston Park has a new theropod on display, known as the Rosewood Swamp Tramper, along with other dinosaur statues
  • 39 juvenile Psittacosaurus went on display in Shenyang, Liaoning Province in China
  • The Museum of Science of the Chicxulub Crater just opened on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
  • The Yale Peabody Museum renovations will begin in 2020, with plans to reopen the museum in the fall of 2023
  • The Museum of the Rockies is offering Tours for Tots: Growing Dinosaurs on February 5
  • The Dalton Wells dinosaur site, north of Moab, near Arches National Park in Utah, is going through a proposal to have an entity manage it to help manage vandalism
  • DinoFest 2019 is happening soon, on January 26 and 27 at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City
  • The Magic Forest amusement park in Lake George, New York has a new manager who plans on adding dinosaurs
  • A welding company in Kilgore, Texas has a steel raptor
  • A four-year-old received over 100 dinosaur toys from kind strangers after he lost his collection in the recent Camp Fire

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. Get a baby T. rex sculpture or other rewards by joining their Kickstarter! kck.st/2FRwB9p

And by Indiana University Press. Their Life of the Past series is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the latest findings and most compelling interpretations in the ever-changing field of paleontology. Find their books at iupress.indiana.edu

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Dracopelta, more links from Brian Switek, and our fun fact check out iknowdino.com/Dracopelta-Episode-211/

Dec 5, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Yangchuanosaurus, an Allosaurus-sized carnivore from the Jurassic of Sichuan, China.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A New Ceratopsid Dinosaur, Crittendenceratops, was discovered in Arizona
  • A new Chinese titanosauriform, Liaoningotitan, was fortunately named the same as mounts that have already gone on display
  • Amphicoelias fragillimus was renamed Maraapunisaurus fragillimus after a reanalysis showed it wasn’t nearly as large as previously thought
  • A doctor in Texas got to keep his Tarbosaurus skull after a judge found that the US government took too long to file forfeiture paperwork
  • Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, in Bynum Montana, is building a Amphicoelias (now Maraapunisaurus) measuring 136ft long
  • The Natural History Museum of LA is getting the traveling exhibition Antarctic Dinosaurs on April 3

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. Get a baby T. rex sculpture or other rewards by joining their Kickstarter! kck.st/2FRwB9p

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Yangchuanosaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Yangchuanosaurus-Episode-210/

 

Nov 28, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Beishanlong, the "North Mountains dragon" from Gansu China.

Interview with Jessie Atterholt, assistant professor at the Western University of Health Sciences. She's also the lead author of the new paper "The most complete enantiornithine from North America and a phylogenetic analysis of the Avisauridae." You can follow her on Instagram @theladyanatomica or jessieatterholt.com

In dinosaur news this week:

  • The smallest dinosaur footprints ever were discovered found in South Korea
  • Differences in Dilong and T. rex braincases show how tyrannosaurs changed as they evolved
  • The most complete North American enantiornithine, Mirarce, was found
  • Brian Engh recreated the new enantiornithine on a Utahceratops
  • Our holiday gift guide

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Safari Ltd. All of their dinosaur toys are highly detailed, hand-painted, and thoroughly researched to be scientifically accurate. You can get 15% off all toys at safariltd.com by entering the promo code IKNOWDINO.

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Beishanlong, more links from our gift guide, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Beishanlong-Episode-209/

Nov 21, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Crichtonsaurus/Crichtonpelta, a Chinese ankylosaur named after Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton.

Interview with Matt Celesky, Research associate at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science where he put together the excellent paleoart exhibit "Picturing the Past." He is also the Senior exhibition designer for the museum resources division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. He can be found on Twitter @clepsydrops

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are raising money for a bridge to the Dinosaurs; Donate at spacehive.com/bridges-to-the-crystal-palace-dinosaurs
  • The new sauropod Lavocatisaurus agrioensis was named from 3 individuals found in an unlikely spot in Argentina
  • Court proceedings about the Dueling Dinosaurs gave us more information about the amazing find
  • An ornithopod bone was found in Oregon, despite it being underwater during the Mesozoic
  • A bone first thought to be coprolite turned out to be the first known tooth and vertebra of Parksosaurus from Mexico
  • Mary Anning is in contention to be on the new £50 note
  • A Google doodle recently honored famous Canadian paleontologist Joseph Tyrrell

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Crichtonsaurus/Crichtonpelta, more links from Matt Celesky, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Crichtonpelta-Episode-208/

Nov 14, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Montanoceratops, a primitive ceratopsian with an unusually deep tail thanks to its vertebral spines.

Interview with Ashley & Lee Hall, both from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Ashley is the Adult Programs Coordinator and Lee is a Preparator and Lab Manager. But more importantly, like us, their wedding heavily featured dinosaurs.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • T. rex could turn more quickly than similar dinosaurs
  • New histology on the tyrannosaurs Jane & Petey show that Nanotyrannus is probably a juvenile T. rex
  • Simulated jaw mechanics showed the bite force and bone penetration of several tyrannosaurs
  • The juvenile T. rex Found N.E. Montana includes partial hands, feet, vertebrae, ribs, a partial skull, and teeth
  • Therizinosaurs have an unusual combination of basal arm musculature and more avian style leg musculature
  • Dinosaurs’ unique single ovary appears to have evolved after Oviraptor but before Troodontidae
  • We don't know if large bodied dromaeosaurs (velociraptor and larger) had tail fans
  • The new "Mtuka titanosaur" was found in Africa
  • An analysis of fossil fragments in Mygatt-Moore showed about half of the bones had marks on them
  • Maiasaura humeri bone microstructure changed as they aged, supporting a shift from bipedal to quadrupedal
  • Pachycephalosaurus has theropod-like teeth in the front and other similarities to Dracorex
  • An analysis of the pachycephalosaur Sphaerotholus showed that all 3 species should be considered valid
  • Early dinosaurs had thin semi rigid eggs, but in the early to mid Jurassic their eggs got thicker—possibly as a solution to dehydration and predation
  • By studying dozens of crocodilian, turtle, and bird nests, researchers found that the arrangement is preserved well as it is buried
  • Professional fossil preparator tips include: wear gloves, use tools only after getting training, and test other methods in advance to avoid unwanted destruction
  • High quality photogrammetry and 3D printing can be achieved using cheaper equipment
  • It is important to standardize and clean up the large amounts of historical fossil data so that it is easy to search and understand

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Permia, makers of the coolest prehistoric clothing and collectibles this side of the Holocene! Their scientifically accurate t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and figurines are available now at Permia.com Get $5 off orders of $35 or more using the promo code IKNOWDINO before the end of the year.

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Montanoceratops, more links from Ashley & Lee Hall, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Montanoceratops-Episode-207/

Nov 7, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Zuniceratops, a ceratopsian that was discovered in New Mexico by an 8 year-old.

Interview with Jingmai O'Connor, professor at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who recently described the first ever fossilized dinosaur lung remains.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A 130 million year old fossil from Hebei Province in China has been found
  • The “Baofenglong fossil” recently went on display at Chongqing Yongchuan Museum Town Hall in China. An 80% complete 49 ft (15 m) long herbivore
  • Residents near the Tumbler Ridge Museum voted to fund the museum with added attractions and services
  • Most sauropod fossils are from adults. Dwarf sauropods have a younger distribution, but still mostly adults
  • Several models of Yi qi extra wrist bone were proposed to find an orientation that may have worked with its patagial membranes
  • Flight evolution can be categorized into 4 evolutionary phases: characters unrelated to flight, exapted traits, direct selection, and traits for longer flight duration
  • Pterosaurs and maniraptorans couldn’t assume a bat-like pose
  • Microraptor & Rahonavis could glide, Changyuraptor used it's tail for pitch control, but troodontids were too big (relative to their wings) to get off the ground
  • Ichthyornis has a skull half way between Archaeopteryx and modern birds
  • "Birds are the only group of animals that rival mammals in terms of brain size"
  • Sauropod trackway “gauge” might not mean much
  • A synchrotron of coprolite from an early dinosaur like Silesaurus opelensis showed lots of beetle remains including wings & beetle tibia
  • Based on carbon-13 isotopes in Deinonychus and Tenontosaurus it appears that raptors were not pack hunters
  • Thanks to guinea fowl walking through soft mud we are closer than ever to recreate how dinosaurs made their tracks
  • The pectoralis of Archaeopteryx was smaller than modern birds, but may have still been large enough to achieve brief flight
  • A study of Psittacosaurus braincases shows that 2 year-old brains elongate significantly (midbrain & olfactory tract/bulbs especially)
  • Ugrunaaluk was smaller than its massive cousins like Edmontosaurus, possibly because of dwarfism from living in the arctic reaching about 18-19ft long
  • A new ceratopsian was found in Grand staircase Escalante National Monument

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

And by Permia, makers of the coolest prehistoric clothing and collectibles this side of the Holocene! Their scientifically accurate t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and figurines are available now. Get $5 off orders of $35 or more with the promo code IKNOWDINO

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Zuniceratops, more links from Jingmai O'Connor, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Zuniceratops-Episode-206/

Oct 31, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Yamaceratops, a ceratopsian whose frill is heavily pitted, possibly for jaw muscle attachments.

Interview with Ali Nabavizadeh, Assistant Professor of anatomy at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He studies the jaw musculature of herbivorous dinosaurs. Follow him on Twitter @Vert_Anatomist and check out his blog Anatomist's Guide.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A large sauropod from the Late Cretaceous has been found in the Gobi Desert and it’s about 30-40% complete
  • In Argentina 70 million year old dinosaur eggs were found possibly including embryos, skin, and teeth
  • The “Tufts-Love” T. rex skull at the Burke Museum has found 100% of the skull and jaw bones by bone count including several that are rarely preserved
  • Junchang Lü, one of the most prominent paleontologists in China, recently passed away at the beginning of October at the age of 53
  • Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, the first Jurassic dinosaur found in Chile, is going on exhibit at the Regional Museum of Aysen, in Coyhaique, Chile, next year
  • An Allosaurus will be posed with a nest at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History since it may have looked after its young
  • Jurassic World is selling Indoraptor masks, just in time for Halloween
  • A study of 150 Ceolophysis—mostly from the same bonebed—show that early triassic dinosaurs had femora that changed significantly as they aged
  • The data used to support the Ornithoscelida hypothesis had many errors, which casts some doubt on the conclusion that Ornithoscelida should replace the traditional Saurischia and Ornithischia groups
  • A study of a baby Massospondylus and it’s forelimb strength shows that Massospondylus was bipedal for its entire life
  • A simulation of Mussaurus (the earliest Jurassic sauropodomorph) showed its center of mass shifted as it grew, meaning that it was quadrupedal as a baby and bipedal as an adult
  • Researchers used a program called niche mapper to model microclimates of Plateosaurus & Coelophysis, showing which environments they would prefer based on plumage and metabolic rates
  • Reconstructions of dinosaur feeding musculature shows that they chewed in a way different than any animal alive today
  • A study of emu and ostrich bones found many similarities with dinosaurs and suggests using bone microstructure to identify maturity
  • Sauropodomorph inner ears vary significantly across groups: Diplodocoids have relatively smaller inner ear, while Giraffatitan has the largest known inner-ear
  • By studying alligator and turkey arms we might be able to show which theropods could supinate their hands as they drew them to their body
  • A study of dinosaur bearing sites from Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta & Saskatchewan and the similar aged Judith River sites in Montana shows which locations were the most similar
  • A new model of dinosaur diversity in the latest cretaceous shows that they were not in decline, but instead maybe slowing down or leveling off

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Yamaceratops, more links from Ali Nabavizadeh, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Yamaceratops-Episode-205/

 

Oct 24, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Coelophysis, the state dinosaur of New Mexico which has been found in huge groups.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • Dynamoterror dynastes “powerful terror ruler,” was described from the Menefee Formation in NW New Mexico

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Coelophysis, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Coelophysis-Episode-204/

 

Oct 17, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Cedarosaurus, a Brachiosaurid (high browser) that has been found with over 100 gastroliths.

Interview with Philip Millar, the Associate Creative Director at Creature Technology. The people who made the Walking with Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular, Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and many other amazing puppets.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new mamenchisaurid sauropod, Anhuilong diboensis, was found in China about 200 miles southwest of Shanghai
  • A juvenile Diplodocus skull was found with a mixture of teeth similar to those in adult Diploducus and Camarasaurus indicating they probably ate more diverse food than the adults
  • A new early dinosaur/bird named Yangavis confucii, had a toothless beak, and relatively large claws on its wings compared to its closest relatives
  • An emerging field called bio-inspired robotics aims to mimic nature to make robots, including those that can traverse rough terrain
  • Models of dinosaur movement could help us build better robots and architecture
  • At least 15 new dinosaur eggs from the cretaceous have been found in Zhejiang China
  • Schools in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, can request to visit a dinosaur dig site where they can dig for fossils and learn about the history of the area
  • Saurian recently updated their Triceratops to include four life stages and their T. rex to a featherless form
  • One mom dressed her whole family (including 4 kids ages 4-10) in inflatable T. rex costumes to take a photo announcing she’s expecting her fifth child

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Cedarosaurus, more links from Philip Millar, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Cedarosaurus-Episode-203/

 

Oct 10, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Hadrosaurus, the first dinosaur skeleton to be mounted.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new dinosaur, Jinguofortis perplexus, gives a perplexing glimpse into early bird evolution
  • A new carcharodontosaurid specimen was found North of Lisbon in Portugal
  • The National Museum in Rio, Brazil may reopen in 3 years if they can secure funding
  • The Dinosaur Gallery at the Australian Museum has reopened after adding the T. rex from the show "T. rex Autopsy"
  • The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation has a campaign to open a permanent exhibit of an animatronic “Bisti Beast”
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum 3D printed a Daspletosaurus skull for display because the original was too fragile to cast
  • The Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, has a new exhibit, “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice”
  • Beaumont, Texas will celebrate a Dinosaur Day on October 24th, with activities such as painting papier-mâché dinosaurs.
  • 9-year-old Elijah Stevenson won first place in the Kern County Fair in California, for his dinosaur exhibit

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

To get access to lots of patron only content check out https://www.patreon.com/iknowdino

For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Hadrosaurus, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Hadrosaurus-Episode-202/

 

Oct 3, 2018

Dinosaur of the day Dracorex, The "dragon king of Hogwarts".

Interview with Jaye Jurassick, frequent guest on the Jurassic Park Podcast and @jaye_jurassick on Instagram where you can see his dinosaur art.

In dinosaur news this week:

  • A new sauropodomorph, Ledumahadi mafube, was the largest dinosaur of its time despite still having a "crouched" posture
  • A ceratopsian at the Smithsonian has been called Triceratops, Diceratops, and Nedoceratops
  • In Villány, Hungary (a wine region), bone fragments of a small igaunodont have been found
  • New fossils have been found in Saskatchewan, Canada this summer, including an Edmontosaurus skull, Triceratops bones, Gorgosaurus teeth, and ankylosaur fossils
  • In Eastern Cape, in South Africa, scientists recently found a giant dinosaur bonebed. It’s about 200 million years old, and the animals were buried together by lots of mud
  • Good news for Zuul fans, the ankylosaur goes on display at the Royal Ontario Museum on December 15
  • Researchers are recreating part of the Brazil National Museum’s collection with 3D printers
  • Students aged 11-15 made a large part of the new Idaho Dinosaur Exhibit at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, as part of the Dino Camps they attended this summer
  • A STEM lab at Schuyler-Colfax Middle School allows the school to have a lesson plan where students dissect dinosaurs in "ZSPACE" virtual reality
  • Dinosaur Ecosystems, Hong Kong University’s free online course, is back! It started September 14, and there are new field trips to Canada, Spain, France, and the desert of Xinjiang, China
  • Dino 101 also recently got an update
  • There’s a new series for CBBC, called Deadly Dinosaurs demonstrating the power of dinosaurs
  • Mashable published a video of the puppeteers who worked on the dinosaurs in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
  • Speculation about Jurassic World 3 includes the idea that there may be dinosaurs in space

This episode is brought to you in part by TRX Dinosaurs, which makes beautiful and realistic dinosaur sculptures, puppets, and animatronics. You can see some amazing examples and works in progress on Instagram @trxdinosaurs

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For links to every news story, all of the details we shared about Dracorex, and our fun fact check out https://iknowdino.com/Dracorex-Episode-201/

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