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Spinosaurus as hippo + Dakotaraptor + more



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

Some recent news and blog items:

Spinosaurus hippo-visions


http://antediluviansalad.blogspot.com/2015/11/spinosaurus-unauthorized-ii-spino.html


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Dakotaraptor


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/11/02/giant-raptor-north-dakota-hell-creek/#.VjkOGrerTcs

http://news.ku.edu/2015/11/02/new-giant-raptor-discovered-ku-researchers-south-dakota

http://theropoda.blogspot.com/2015/11/la-non-furcula-di-dakotaraptor.html


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Feathered dinosaurs

http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2015/11/03/feathery-dinosaurs/

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Concavenator arm "bumps" (in Spanish)


http://godzillin.blogspot.com/2015/11/los-bumps-de-concavenator-quill-knobs-o.html

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Theropods of the Iberian Peninsula (in Spanish)

http://godzillin.blogspot.com/2015/11/las-faunas-de-teropodos-del-cretacico.html


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Dinosaur body mass

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-rapid-evolution-body-size-dinosaur.html

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Finding new Ichthyosaurus species in old specimens

http://www.livescience.com/52650-ichthyosaur-fossils-reexamined.html

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/ancient-sea-monsters-misidentified-fossilized-skeletons-now-revealing-hidden-history-020603


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NOVA series Making of North America starts this week; interview

http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/11/02/pbs-special-to-feature-berkeley-paleontologist/



http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/making-north-america.html



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Redating extinction of Permian tetrapods in the Karoo

http://phys.org/news/2015-11-long-held-assumptions-ancient-mass-extinction.html

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Ophiacodon hints of warm-bloodedness

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/sovp-ans102915.php

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Lemurosaurus

http: 
//phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/02/our-prehistoric-cousins-had-demonic-skulls/



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OK, Halloween has a few days ago, along with the Mexican Day of the
Dead, but this item might still be of "cultural" (but not scientific)
interest.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/10/top-ten-most-festive-and-frightening-halloween-related-records-404091

Ghost Range phytosaur as oldest ghost...
The telling of chilling ghost stories is an age-old festive custom,
and this tale about the oldest ghost is as scary as they come.
.....

Ghost Ranch in north-central New Mexico's Rio Arriba County earned its
name from the many sightings made here for generations of a huge
ghostly reptile of serpentine form and measuring 6-9 m long, which has
been dubbed Vivaron, the snake-demon, by local inhabitants. Initially
dismissed as mere folklore, it acquired greater significance and
attention when, in 1947, palaeontologist Edwin H. Colbert unearthed a
huge cache of fossil skeletons in this same area, derived from various
prehistoric reptiles. These not only included more than a thousand
dinosaur specimens but also a very elongate 9-m-long crocodile-like
creature known as a phytosaur. Its discovery led to speculation that
the paranormal "snake-demon" being reported by the locals was the
ghost of this phytosaur! If this were true, and bearing in mind that
its fossil skeleton is 220 million years old, dating from the Triassic
Period, the phytosaur's spectre would therefore be the world's oldest
ghost!

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And a reminder (already posted a few weeks back)

http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/episode-10-the-dinosaurs-of-ghost-ranch