Episode 249 is all about Charonosaurus, a Chinese Parasaurolophus relative named after the ferryman from the river Styx.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- The new dinosaur Adratiklit boulahfa is the oldest known stegosaur and the first from Northern Africa source
- Two new stegosaur specimens were fround in Montana from the Morrison Formation source
- Researchers at the Museum für Naturkunde modeled their Giraffatitan and found new potential uses for sauropod tails source
- In Tibet, Xing Lida and a research team started a two-week expedition to study some recently found dinosaur footprints source
- A team of researchers in Utah are excavating seven Diplodocus vertebrae, destined for the new LANHM welcome center source
- Jurassic Outpost posted about updates coming to the Jurassic World Live show source
- The Disney Channel is getting the animated series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur source
- Eurogamer has a fun list of games with dinosaurs source
- Turns out Google’s main office has a Stan the T. rex source
The dinosaur of the day: Charonosaurus
- Lambeosaurine hadrosaur that lived in the Cretaceous in what is now China
- Estimated to be about 33 ft (10 m) long
- One of the largest known hadrosaurs from Asia
- Found a partial skull, and parts of an adult and juvenile
- Partial skull looks like a Parasaurolophus
- Charonosaurus probably had a long, hollow crest like Parasaurolophus
- Helps show that lambeosaurines lived later than their relatives in North America (lived later than Parasaurolophus)
- Type species is Charonosaurus jiayinensis
- Found in 2000 by Godefroit, Zan, and Jin on the south bank of the Amur River, which divides China and Russia
- Genus name means “Charon’s lizard”
- Genus name refers to Charon, the ferryman who took souls through the River Styx to the land of the dead (named because of the dinosaur being found on the river that borders China and Russia)
- The species name refers to Jiayin, the locality where it was found
Fun Fact: If you love stegosaurs, the Morrison formation in the US is the place to be.
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