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Episode 281: Find out how to make a Zuul out of cake


    Episode 281 is all about Alaskacephale, A smaller relative of Pachycephalosaurus from Alaska.

    We additionally interview Ralph Attanasia, Head Sculptor at Carlo’s Bakery and one of many stars on Buddy Vs Duff. He lately made a close to life-size reproduction of the ankylosaur Zuul out of cake! Observe him on twitter @CakeBossRalph

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    On this episode, we talk about:


    • The newly described dinosaur Asteriornis is called after the goddess of falling stars supply
    • Wally the Stegosaurus, from the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, is getting restored supply

    The dinosaur of the day: Alaskacephale

    • Pachycephalosaurid that lived within the Late Cretaceous in what’s now Alaska
    • Holotype is an almost full left squamosal (again of the pinnacle) with some nodes
    • Herbivorous
    • Intently resembles Pachycephalosaurus and Prenocephale
    • Paper mentions it’s closest in measurement to Prenocephale
    • Estimated to be about half the scale of Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis (about 15 ft, 4.5 m lengthy and weighed 990 lb or 450 kg, discuss in episode 93) or three quarters the scale of Prenocephale (about 7.8 ft or 2.4 m lengthy, weighing 280 lb or 130 kg, coated in episode 98)
    • Described by Roland Gangloff and others in 2005 however as an unnamed pachycephalosaurid, and presumably Pachycephalosaurus
    • Named in 2006 by Robert Sullivan
    • Sullivan discovered it to be a definite taxa in 2006 (squamosal had two diverging row of nodes, amongst different issues)
    • Genus identify means “Alaskan head”
    • Sort and solely species is Alaskacephale gangloffi
    • Species identify in honor of Roland Gangloff as a result of he wrote concerning the holotype and likewise as a result of he “contributed considerably to our understanding of dinosaurs of the North American Arctic area”
    • Present in Prince Creek Formation, Colville Group, North Slope Borough, Alaska
    • Discovered on a slender seashore on the base of bluffs on the west facet of the Colville River
    • Discovery helps present “a serious faunal trade came about between Eurasia and North America throughout Campanian time”
    • Housed within the Earth Science Collections, College of Alaska Museum
    • Can 3D print Alaskacephale by way of Tinkercad

    Enjoyable Reality:
    Days have been shorter when Dinosaurs have been round. Simply half an hour shorter on the finish of the Cretaceous, however about an hour and a half shorter within the Triassic.


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