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New brontothere named after kaiju Gigan



In the latest issue of JVP (Mihlbachler, M.C. 2011. A new Uintan horned 
brontothere from Wyoming and the evolution of canine size
and sexual dimorphism in the Brontotheriidae (Perissodactyla: Mammalia). JVP 
31: 202-214.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1080/02724634.2011.539653

"DIPLACODON GIGAN, new species
        
Etymology-The specific epithet references the large size of this species in 
comparison to Diplacodon elatus, the only other known
species of the genus. 'Gigan' is a fictional giant horned monster first 
appearing in the 1972 Japanese film, 'Godzilla versus Gigan'
and other Godzilla films thereafter."

No indication if it had a chest buzzsaw or not...

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
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Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
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