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Episode 288: Nothronychus, essentially the most full therizinosaur


    Episode 288 is all about Nothronychus, essentially the most full therizinosaur ever discovered.

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    The dinosaur of the day: Nothronychus

    • Therizinosaur theropod that lived within the Cretaceous in what’s now North America
    • Herbivore, however a theropod
    • Weighed about 1 tonne
    • Bipedal and walked fairly upright
    • Had a small head
    • Had a beak, and 4 toes on every foot (all toes confronted ahead)
    • Had leaf-shaped enamel
    • Had an extended neck, lengthy arms, and three lengthy claws on every hand
    • Additionally had a “pot-belly”, quick, stumpy legs, and a brief tail
    • Claws have been about 9 in (22 cm) lengthy
    • Might eat robust crops
    • Therizinosaurs could have had primitive feathers
    • Sort species is Nothronychus mckinleyi
    • Described and named in 2001 by James Kirkland and Douglas Wolfe
    • Second species named in 2009 by Lindsay Zanno and others: Nothronychus graffami (discovered within the Tropic Shale of Utah, 1.5 to three million years older than Nothronychus mckinleyi
    • Nothronyhcus graffami estimated to be 15 to twenty ft (4.5 to six m) lengthy (Nothronychus mckinley just a little smaller)
    • Nothronychus mckinleyi was not as sturdy as Nothronychus graffami, and its ulna was extra bent
    • Genus identify means “slothful claw”
    • In all probability used giant claws to hook branches and eat in a method much like a sloth
    • Species identify is in honor of Bobby McKinley (fossils discovered on his land)
    • Merle Graffam discovered the second specimen (and species) in Utah in 2000 (a big toe bone)
    • First therizinosaurid present in North America (beforehand present in China and Mongolia)
    • Therizinosaurids have been herbivores, however lots of their kin have been carnivores
    • Huge stomach meant had a big digestive system (good for digesting vegetation)
    • Therizinosaurids are regarded as primitive Maniraptors, a bunch that began in Asia and contains Velociraptor
    • Discovery of Nothronychus helped present that dinosaurs like Therizinosaurus (herbivorous theropod) weren’t as uncommon as beforehand thought, and that many sorts of Maniraptorans have been herbivores or omnivores, which meant they might journey to new areas and department out and turn out to be a extra numerous group
    • Potential the Maniraptoran frequent ancestor was an herbivore or omnivore
    • Lindsay Zanno mentioned in a LiveScience article in 2009, that “predatory maniraptoran dinosaurs like Velociraptor will need to have re-evolved unique meat-eating”
    • Therizinosaurs had plenty of enamel, didn’t exchange their enamel that always, lengthy necks and small skulls, and huge guts, amongst different traits that present they have been herbivores
    • When Therizinosaurus, the primary therizinosaur, was discovered, it was initially regarded as an enormous sea turtle due to its giant claws (later turned a therizinosaurid when extra fossils have been discovered and referred, together with a hindlimb and forelimb)
    • Nothronychus mckinleyi was excavated within the early to mid Nineteen Nineties
    • Present in New Mexico, close to the border of Arizona, within the Zuni Basin (Moreno Hill Formation, Haystack Butte website, round 91 million years in the past)
    • First fossil discovered was a hip bone however was initially regarded as a part of the cranium crest of the ceratopsian Zuniceratops
    • Holotype contains cranium fragments, braincase, vertebrae, elements of the shoulder girdle, forelimbs, pelvis, and hindlimbs
    • Barry Albright and others excavated Nothronychus graffami in 2000
    • Discovered about 80% of Nothronychus graffami skeleton, nevertheless it was fairly crushed
    • Additionally no cranium
    • Utah discover was a shock as a result of the realm was recognized to be below the Western Inside Seaway within the Late Cretaceous, however almost definitely was swept out to sea after it died)
    • Shoreline/land on the Western Inside Seaway was about 60 mi or 100 km away from the place Nothronychus graffami was discovered
    • Nothronychus graffami present in an space with plenty of plesiosaurs and different marine fauna
    • Nothronychus mckinleyi present in an space that included the ceratopsian Zuniceratops, hadrosauroid Jeyawati, tyrannosaurs, and plenty of fossilized wooden
    • Can see Nothronychus graffami on the Pure Historical past Museum of Utah

    Enjoyable Reality:
    Dinosaur claws, horns, and plates, have been all seemingly coated in keratin, making them a lot bigger than their skeletal mounts make them seem.