Episode 451: A dinosaur with bladelike spikes and natural plywood armor. A new ankylosaur, a new ornithopod, and Dr. Will Tattersdill joins us to discuss dinosaurs in Victorian-era pop culture
- A new ankylosaur from the Isle of Wight, Vectipelta, had armor similar to 1/2 inch thick plywood in its skin and bladelike spikes on its sides source
- Scientists named a new ornithopod dinosaur, Calvarius rapidus source
- A new dinosaur short, “We Hunt Giants” co-produced by Andreas Feix and Titus Pair source
Will Tattersdill, a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Contemporary Fantasy Cultures at the University of Glasgow. He is an expert in late-Victorian science fiction and explores how the connections between dinosaur science and science fiction.
The dinosaur of the day: Ilokelesia
- Abelisaurid theropod that lived in the Late Cretaceous in what is now Neuquén Province, Argentina (Huincul Formation)
- Kind of looked like Carnotaurus, but without the horns
- Walked on two legs, had a long tail, long legs, and very short arms
- Considered to be medium-sized
- Have had several size estimates: 13 ft (4 m) long and 440 lb (200 kg); 17 ft (5.3 m) long; and 19 ft (5.8 m) long weighing 1850 lb (840 kg)
- Described in 1998 by Rodolfo Coria and Leonardo Salgado
- Fragments of the skull and skeleton found in 1991
- Holotype included part of the skull, five articulated tail vertebrae, a couple neck and back vertebrae, cervical ribs, several toe bones
- Unique features in the skull bones, and in the vertebrae (in the hollow depressions in the bones)
- Type species is Ilokelesia aguadagrandensis
- Genus name means “flesh lizard” or a “flesh eating reptile”
- Species name refers to where the fossils were found, in Aguada Grande
- Lived in an arid environment
- Other dinosaurs that lived around the same time and place include carcharodontosaurs such as Mapusaurus and Meraxes, titanosaurs including Argentinosaurus and Chucarosaurus, and hadrosaurs
Carnotaurus had the proportionally shortest hands of any large carnivorous dinosaur.
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