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I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Shuvuuia (Episode 237)


    Episode 237 is all about Shuvuuia, a Mongolian alvarezsaurid that was in all probability coated in dino fuzz.

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    On this episode, we talk about:


    • A brand new examine discovered that the Triassic sauropodomorph Mussaurus crawled on all fours as a hatchling supply
    • A highschool senior from the Webb Faculties revealed on a younger Edmontosaurus femur—supporting a life-long quadrupedal stance supply
    • The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Expertise has life-size skeletons and a Dinosaur Stroll supply
    • The Santa Barbara Museum of Pure Historical past has a brand new animatronic T. rex and child Ankylosaurus supply
    • Granger, Washington, residents helped construct a Sauropelta for his or her Dino-N-A-Day occasion supply
    • Tammy and the T. rex is getting a re-release on Monday, June 17 on the Chicago Cinepocalypse movie competition supply
    • Netflix is making a Jurassic World animated TV present referred to as Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous supply
    • Jurassic World Evolution is getting new DLC that includes Claire Dearing saving dinosaurs supply
    • the Science Museum of Minnesota is holding a dinosaur occasion on July 13 supply
    • The North American Paleontological Conference is arising on June 23–27 on the College of California, Riverside supply

    The dinosaur of the day: Shuvuuia

    • Alvarezsaurid theropod that lived within the Late Cretaceous in what’s now Mongolia
    • Alvarezsaurids have quick, highly effective forelimbs which might be good for digging
    • Sort species is Shuvuuia deserti
    • Identify means “desert chook” (Mongolian phrase shuvuu means “chook”)
    • Small and light-weight, about 2 ft (60 cm) lengthy
    • Had a beaked snout
    • Had slender jaws and small enamel
    • Jaw might carry out prokinensis (higher jaw mobility, the place the snout can bend or flex upward impartial of the cranium); Shuvuuia had particular hinges close to the attention sockets
    • Had lengthy, slender hindlimbs and quick toes
    • Had three toes on every foot
    • Could have been a quick runner
    • Forelimbs have been quick and muscular, with three digits on every (together with one giant thumb claw)
    • Could have used forelimbs to tear open insect nests (might use its jaws to go after the bugs, and open its mouth very extensive)
    • Named in 1998 by Chiappe and others
    • Fossils discovered within the Djadochta Formation
    • A number of specimens have been discovered, together with some properly preserved skulls
    • One specimen was discovered amongst hole tube-like constructions made from keratin. Scientists discovered the constructions contained the protein beta-keratin, and no alpha-keratin. Beta-keratin is present in pores and skin and feather cells of reptiles and birds. However solely chook feathers don’t have any alpha-keratin, which confirmed that Shuvuuia was in all probability coated in proto feathers
    • Paul Sereno hypothesized in 1999 that alvaresaurids have been modified members of ornithomimidae (ostrich mimics)
    • A examine in 2002 of a partial skeleton of an immature Shuvuuia discovered there was not sufficient data to help the speculation that ornithomimids and alvarezsaurids are carefully associated
    • Can see Shuvuuia within the Jurassic World Dinosaur Area Information

    Enjoyable Reality: A freshly hatched Mussaurus solely weighed about 60g (2oz). An grownup weighed over a ton. That’s over a 16,000 instances improve in dimension.