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Episode 402: The superb paleontologist who impressed Indiana Jones


    Episode 402: The superb paleontologist who impressed Indiana Jones. Roy Chapman Andrews fought via the Gobi Desert to make some miraculous dinosaur discoveries together with Velociraptor, Oviraptor, and a few superb dinosaur nests.

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    The dinosaur of the day: Gravitholus

    • Pachycephalosaurid that lived within the Late Cretaceous in what’s now Alberta, Canada (Dinosaur Park Formation)
    • Appeared considerably just like Pachycephalosaurus, with a domed head, walked on two legs, had brief arms
    • Estimated to be 9.8 ft (3 m) lengthy
    • Sort species is Gravitholus albertae
    • Holotype is an incomplete, closely fused cranium roof
    • Described in 1979 by W. P. Wall and Peter Galton
    • Genus title means “heavy dome”
    • Might have head butted, for mates or territory
    • Debate over whether or not Gravitholus is distinct or synonymous with Stegoceras
    • In 2020, Aaron Dyer and Mark Powers used Synchrotron imaging to check the cranium roof, and proposed Gravitholus was synonymous with Stegoceras
    • Discovered the variations between Gravitholus and Stegoceras had been resulting from ontogeny, and that the Gravitholus specimen was mature
    • Different pachycephalosaurs identified from Dinosaur Park Formation embody Stegoceras, Hanssuesia, and Foraminacephale, although it’s not clear in the event that they lived on the identical time

    Enjoyable Truth:

    Roy Chapman Andrews was not directly the inspiration for the character Indiana Jones.

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