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Episode 412: Extinction Extravaganza – The Massive Dinosaur Podcast

Episode 412: Extinction Extravaganza. Proof of extinctions from volcanic rock, in craters, and even on the moon. Plus a brand new abelisaurid from Patagonia.


  • A brand new abelisaurid from Patagonia, Elemgasem, was small however named after a mighty Tehuelche god supply
  • Scientists advised volcanic eruptions might be the principle purpose for mass extinctions supply
  • Scientists advised dinosaurs have been on the decline earlier than they went extinct supply
  • The moon contains proof of asteroid impacts on Earth supply
  • There’s a second underwater crater that’s from across the identical time as Chicxulub supply
  • A brand new mannequin reveals the tsunami after the Chicxulub influence supply
  • The Chicxulub influence could have triggered an earthquake that lasted weeks to months supply
  • Precipitation performed a task within the abundance and success of hadrosaurs and ceratopsians within the Late Cretaceous in what’s now Alaska supply
  • Dinosaurs could have been profitable and numerous due to the variations of their diets supply
  • 80 million yr outdated dinosaur eggs have been lately present in Jiangxi Province, China supply
  • In Skåne, Sweden, giant carnivorous dinosaurs from the Late Triassic have been lately discovered supply
  • Reykjavík is perhaps getting a Triceratops skeleton to show supply
  • To rejoice Nationwide Fossil Day, Mississippi State College’s Dunn-Seiler Museum had a contest to call their Triceratops supply
  • A person in New Zealand used VR to sculpt after which 3D print a life-sized mannequin of a Tyrannosaurus supply



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The dinosaur of the day: Brachytrachelopan

  • Dicraeosaurid sauropod that lived within the Late Jurassic in what’s now Chubut Province, Argentina (Cañadón Calcáreo Formation)
  • Related in form to different sauropods, walked on all fours, had an extended tail, however had a brief neck
  • Estimated to be lower than 33 ft (10 m) lengthy
  • Had a brief neck, about 40% shorter than different dicraeosaurids (that are diplodocoids) and shorter than any identified sauropod
  • Dicraeosaurids are identified for his or her shorter necks
  • Brief necks could have helped with low searching
  • Most likely ate vegetation that grew to about 3 to six.5 ft (1 to 2 m) tall
  • Might need stuffed the identical area of interest as giant iguanodontians, which weren’t round within the Late Jurassic in Gondwana, however there have been many giant iguanodontians throughout that point in what’s now North America (the place there have been no dicraeosaurids)
  • Helps present that dicraeosaurids had a fast radiation and actually unfold out within the Late Jurassic within the Southern Hemisphere, after Gondwana separated from the northern continents (within the Center Jurassic)
  • Named in 2005 by Oliver Rauhut and others
  • Sort species is Brachytrachelopan mesai
  • Species title is in honor of Daniel Mesa, a neighborhood shepherd who discovered the dinosaur whereas searching for stray sheep
  • Genus title means “short-necked Pan” and refers to Pan, the god of the shepherds
  • Fossils have been discovered articulated
  • Holotype contains vertebrae, together with 8 neck vertebrae, a part of the ribs, a part of the decrease left leg and a part of the hip
  • Most likely had 12 neck vertebrae, like different dicraeosaurids
  • Plenty of the fossils have been in all probability eroded away earlier than it was found
  • In a research printed final month, Guillermo Windholz and others did histology on Brachytrachelopan and located the holotype was not absolutely grown but, and although it was giant it was additionally not but sexually mature
  • Discovered the holotype specimen was at the least 4 years outdated when it died
  • Different dinosaurs that lived across the identical time and place included abelisaurids, stegosaurs, and different sauropods like Tehuelchesaurus
  • Different animals that lived across the identical time and place included crocodylomorphs and fish

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