early tyrannosaur

anonymous asked:

Nigel Marvin comes to you and says "We're going to make a new WWD together." You get to pick the six episodes. GO.

HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE BEST ASK I’VE EVER RECEIVED. 

Episode 1: Northwestern Argentina, Late Triassic. I’d do the earliest dinosaurs. Eoraptor, Herrerasaurus, Pisanosaurus, and of course all the other weird animals that lived at the time like Hyperodapedon, Probelesodon, Ischigualastia, Exaeretodon, and I’d probably have a Silesaurid, a “prosauropod” of some sort, and an early pterosaur - since it was still Pangaea back then, existing genera could even be used for those. All Avemetatarsalians would be floofed. The story would probably center around the Silesaurid I think - no it’s not a true Dinosaur but it is a Dinosauriform and we never talk about the weird almost dinosaurs

Episode 2: Siberia, Middle Jurassic. Kulindadromeus is decidedly the star of this one. From that specific fossil site there is also a medium sized theropod and other random Ornithischians. I’d probably have something similar to a Cetiosaurid, or a Mamenchisaurid, or a very very early sauropod to show how small and weird they were to start out with. I’d make the theropod a compsognathid, and because it’s in Siberia, everything would be fluffy except the sauropod, because cold. Maybe even a primitive thyreophoran. Kulinda’s the star though. Kind of like the Leaellynasaura in the original show - they really carried that episode mostly by themselves. 

Episode 3: TENDAGURU, Late Jurassic. Everyone aaaalways does the Morrison well I’M BRINGING THE AFRICAN DINOSAURS. For sauropods I’d have Giraffatitan, Dicraeosaurus, Tornieria (yes, I’d insist on Tornieria being a dull orange color), and Tendaguria. There’d be Ostafrikasaurus, Elaphrosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Veterupristisaurus, with the first being an example of an early Spinosaur and the last an example of an early Carcharodontosaur. Pterosaurs we’d have Tendaguripterus, Pterodactylus, and Rhamphorhynchus. Then for Ornithischians we’d have Dyslatosaurus and Kentrosaurus, and Kentrosaurus would be the focus of this one because when do we ever focus on stegosaurs oh that’s right never

Episode 4: Alright, I’m giving in and doing Early Cretaceous North America. Yeah, it’s in When Dinosaurs Roamed America, but let’s make that floof up to date. Since we haven’t focused on a sauropod, Sauroposeidon is the star. Plus, it’s a sauropod star in the Cretaceous - your average viewer wouldn’t expect that! Then we got Acrocanthosaurus, Deinonychus, Tenontosaurus, Astrodon, and honestly even though that’s all from the Antlers Formation in Oklahoma and Texas, I’d probably include some fauna from the Cloverly Formation and Cedar Mountain Formation - Sauropelta, Microvenator, Eolambia, and Falcarius. There would be appropriate floof, and there wouldn’t be any raptors just… not running away when lit on fire. 

Episode 5: MIDDLE CRETACEOUS ASIA. Why? Achillobator. It’s time to give the weird giant raptor some love. Achillobator would be the focus because I recognize I had not given time yet to a theropod of any sort. Alectrosaurus, the early tyrannosaur, would also be there and would be kind of like the lion to Achillobator’s hyena, with them taking advantage of each other’s kills and stealing, but not actually fighting or anything like that. There would be a lot of therizinosaurs like Segnosaurus, and they’d also be Talarurus and Bactrosaurus and an unnamed azhdarchid (I’d probably call it Azdarcho). 

Episode 6: NEMEGT FORMATION OF THE GOBI DESERT, LATE CRETACEOUS. The star? Duck Satan Deinocheirus. This also was a formation with a lot of Oviraptorosaurs, so there would be a scene where just all of them would wander by in a herd of weirdness and what the hap is fuckening - Ajancingenia, Avimimus, Elmisaurus, Conchoraptor, Nemegtomaia, Nomingia, and Rinchenia, in one of the best animated scenes of all history, a chorus of different pitched squacks (the narration at this point would need to make a comment about bird watching). There’d also be Adasaurus, Borogovia, Gurilynia, Judinornis, Teviornis, Tochisaurus, and Zanabazar, and they’d all act like birds and it would be hard to tell one apart from another, even the Avialans - they’d all look like different types of birds. Theeeen we’d have Alioramus and Tarbosaurus representing the tyrannosaurs, Therizinosaurus, Mononykus, and Gallimimus for the other Coelurosaurs; the actually decently known titanosaur Nemegtosaurus, and then Barsboldia, Prenocephale, Saurolophus, and Tarchia to represent the Ornithischians. I’m not sure what the story would be, but it would not end in the K-T Extinction. 

And that’s my idea! Now I want to do this. What have you done. 

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The Brain Scoop:
Siats meekerorum

Hey guys! Intern Katie here.

Emily may be off gallivanting across Kenya, but we’ve still got a new episode for you today! This week Peter Makovicky shows us one of the most exciting paleontological discoveries of 2013. He takes us into one of the fossil prep labs at The Field Museum to introduce us to Siats meekerorum, a predatory carnivore that probably rivaled early tyrannosaurs. The discovery sheds light on how dinosaurs may have migrated from continent to continent, as well as which species may have been the top predator prior to Tyrannosaurus rex.

You know, science— just figuring out what Earth was like 98 million years ago with a few bones and some dirt. No biggie. I can’t wait to see what new exciting discoveries are to come in 2014! Happy New Year!