anonymous asked:

can we hear more dinosaur facts I like dinosaurs!

Sure, but I’m going to switch this up a little bit by talking about their names.

  1. There’s a member of the Pachycephalosauridae family that was dicovered in the early 2000s called Dracorex hogwartsia. It’s the first and only of its species and, yes, its name translates to “Dragon king of Hogwarts.
  2. Utahraptor ostrommayosorum was originally going to be called Utahraptor spielbergi after Steven Spielberg in exchange for funding paleontological research but a monetary amount was never mutually agreed upon so it never happened.
  3. Colepiocephale is another member of the Pachycephalosauridae family and is important for being one of the earliest boneheads discovered to date in North America. “Celocio” is the Greek root for “knuckle” and “cephale” is the Greek root for “head” so its name literally translates to “knucklehead”, which is actually fitting for this type of dinosaur.
  4. Bambiraptor is part of the Dromaeosauridae family and is known as the “Rosetta Stone” of ‘raptors by paleontologists who study it in an attempt to puzzle out the evolutionary relationship of ancient dinosaurs and modern birds. Despite being as nasty and vicious as its cousins, Velociraptor and Utahraptor, it was named after the Disney character by the 14 year old who discovered it accidentally in Montana’s Glacier National Park in 1995.
  5. The current record-holder for longest dinosaur name is Micropachycephalosaurus which translates to “tiny, thick-headed lizard.” It was a wee, inoffensive creature that probably weighed as much as your average house cat. 

“Dragon king”
Late Cretaceous, 66 million years ago

Once considered its own genus, many scientists now believe Dracorex to be a juvenile Pachycephalosaurus. It is known from only one specimen – named “Dracorex Hogwartsia” in reference to the Harry Potter series of novels and films. This intersection of Potter fans and paleontologists is not surprising, as both share a penchant for fabulous beasts, social exile, and haphazard use of Latin.

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A bird that lived during the Late Jurassic period that is a transitional species between feathered dinosaurs such as Velociraptor and Anchiornus, and modern birds. The feather impressions found on archaeopteryx are advanced flight feathers, and suggest feathers began evolving well before the Late Jurassic. Also, this fossilized version is super creepy and super cool.


This year Hanukkah began on December 16th and we’re loving these delightful animal-shaped menorahs created by Portland, ME-based artist Lisa Pierce. Each of Pierce’s whimsical menorahs, from the Menorasaur and the Menorasaurus Rex to the Menelephant and the Menurtle, is made-to-order using repurposed toys and metal candle holders. She also makes wonderful candlesticks.

Pierce is currently taking pre-orders for both her menorahs and candlesticks, with orders to be shipped in January 2015.

Visit Lisa Pierce’s Etsy shop, The Vanilla Studio, to check out more of her playful creations.

[via Laughing Squid]