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Episode 368: New raptor & tyrannosaur finds


    Episode 368 is all about Hypselospinus, a relative of Iguanodon which has additionally passed by the names Darwinsaurus and Wadhurstia.

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    On this episode, we talk about:


    • We talk about the Non-Avian Theropod Systematics and the Paleopathology & Paleohistology periods from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual assembly supply
    • An organization is planning to promote NFTs with the aim of shopping for a T. rex fossil supply
    • Jardin des Plantes in Paris, France has illuminated dinosaurs on show supply

    The dinosaur of the day: Hypselospinus

    • Iguanodontian that lived within the Cretaceous in what’s now East Sussex, England (probably additionally from Spain)
    • First described as a species of Iguanodon, by Richard Lydekker in 1889
    • Seems to be just like Iguanodon, quadrupedal with a cumbersome physique and lengthy tail
    • Kind species is Hypselospinus fittoni
    • Genus identify means “excessive thorn”, and refers to its excessive vertebral spines
    • Species identify is in honor of William Henry Fitton
    • Calmly constructed
    • Estimated to be 19.7 ft (6 m) lengthy
    • Had “lengthy, slim, and steeply inclined neural spines”
    • Had an oblong formed cranium and broad snout (for cropping crops)
    • Fossils discovered close to Rye in 1866
    • David Norman reclassified Hypselospinus as its personal genus in 2010
    • Holotype contains left ilium, sacrum, tail vertebrae, and tooth
    • Vertebrae had some distinctive options (sub-cylindrical centra and distinguished posterior chevron aspects)
    • Later in 2010, Carpenter and Ishida reclassified Iguanodon fittoni to a brand new genus Wadhurstia. As a result of Hypselospinus was named first, Wadhurstia grew to become a junior goal synonym
    • In 2012, Gregory Paul named Darwinsaurus evolutionis based mostly on a partial skeleton (fossils that was categorized as Iguanodon fittoni, that Richard Owen described in 1842), however not everybody agrees with this
    • Darwinsaurus means “Darwin’s lizard”
    • In 2015, Bexhill Museum within the UK had a Hypselospinus skeleton on show
    • Based mostly on extra fossils discovered within the space, together with a properly preserved tail bone
    • Skeleton had many of the bones, together with the legs and arms, however was lacking the thumb spike
    • A specimen within the Pure Historical past Museum of London has been discovered with a partial proper forearm and thumb spike, round 3 in (8 cm) lengthy

    Enjoyable Truth:
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