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Episode 278: How heat was dinosaur blood?


    Episode 278 is all about Kakuru, the one named dinosaur from South Australia.

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    On this episode, we talk about:


    • A brand new sauropod from Southern Mongolia was named Abdarainurus barsboldi supply
    • New analysis discovered Troodon, Maiasaura, & Hypacrosaurus had heat our bodies supply
    • Northwestern Neighborhood School has a hadrosaur that Affiliate’s college students can work on supply
    • The Subject Museum “set free” Sue the T. rex just like the Shedd Aquarium penguins supply
    • The upcoming comedian Darkish Nights: Dying Metallic #1 will embody a T. rex Batman supply
    • Marvel’s Incredible 4 has Sky, an alien superhero with the flexibility to speak to dinosaurs supply
    • A mother within the UK created a dinosaur themed sport to maintain her children entertained supply
    • A life-size Zuul cake was made on Buddy vs. Duff on Meals Community supply

    The dinosaur of the day: Kakuru

    • Theropod that lived within the Early Cretaceous in what’s now Australia
    • In all probability carnivorous and bipedal
    • In all probability 6.5 to 10 ft (2 to three m) lengthy
    • In all probability had lengthy, slender legs, so was most likely a quick runner
    • Laborious to know for positive, as a result of holotype is the entire proper tibia (shinbone), referred materials is a pedal phalanx (toe bone)
    • Similarities to Avimimus (tail), Microvenator, Ornitholestes (tibia proportions), Calamospondylus and Coelurus (in type)
    • Tibia is damaged into about 10 massive items, and is about 13 in (33 cm) lengthy
    • Tibia is slender and appears to be getting lengthy and slender as much as the astragalus (ankle bone), although no ankle bone was discovered
    • Could also be associated to coelurids, or might be Abelisauroidea (primarily based on the best way the tibia close to the ankle bone appears)
    • Kind and solely species: Kakuru kujani
    • Fossils discovered have been opalized, and found in opal fields in Andamook, South Australia
    • Anthony Fleming acquired the fossils in 1973 for his opal store, and paleontologist after which curator of South Australian Museum Neville Pledge heard about it from a Mr. Santini, an opal miner
    • Fleming allowed pictures to be taken and two casts (the tibia/decrease leg bone, and the phalanx/toe bone) to be made
    • Quickly after the casts have been made, the fossils have been auctioned off to an nameless purchaser, and nobody heard about it once more, till 2004 when the South Australian Museum purchased the tibia for $22,000
    • In December 2018, South Australian Museum received the toe bone, after Pleasure Kloester, who received an public sale bid on-line (a liquidation sale in Sydney that was all fossils), requested opal consumers for recommendation, they usually related her with the South Australian Museum, which now has the toe bone on show
    • Neville Pledge and Ralph Molnar described and named Kakuru in 1980, primarily based on the casts
    • Genus identify means “rainbow serpent” in Australian Aboriginal mythology (comes from a dreaming story a couple of rainbow serpent)
    • Species identify refers back to the native Aboriginal tribe, the Kujani (additionally spelled Guyani)
    • Casts are on the South Australian Museum Peabody Museum, Yale College, Australian Museum, Queensland Museum

    Enjoyable Reality: Victoria and Queensland have probably the most (non-avian) dinosaur fossils in Australia. In response to

    State Depend
    Victoria 66
    Queensland 64
    Western Australia 53
    New South Wales 26
    South Australia 3
    Northern Territory 0
    Tasmania 0
    Australian Capital Territory 0


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