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Old 10th February 2020, 08:36 PM   #1
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New Species of Tyrannosaurs Discovered...and it's straight out of Marvel!

Okay, so...a Canadian student working on his master's thesis was examining some tyrannosaur fossils, when he realized that they represented an entirely new species. Some 8 meters in length, it was a fearsome predator.

But my favorite thing about it is the name they gave it...Thanatotheristes degrootorum. The article about this discovery explains the meaning as follows:
The new species is named Thanatotheristes degrootorum, which combines the Greek word for “reaper of death” with the name of a southern Alberta couple, the DeGroots, who happened upon the fossil fragments along the shore of the Bow River west of Medicine Hat, Alta., in 2010.
However, I couldn't help but notice that this name has both Thanos and Groot in it! Surely that can't be a coincidence...this was a young university student, who would have grown up on the Marvel movies!

I now picture this as a fierce, blue-skinned dinosaur, roaming the jungles and screaming, "I AM GROOT!" as its hunting cry.
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Old 11th February 2020, 05:51 AM   #2
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Even the name meaning suggests a nod to Thanos. I must say, it was a colorful dinosaur.
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Old 11th February 2020, 06:22 AM   #3
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If it were a Marvel T-Rex, it would be red, not blue.
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Old 11th February 2020, 06:34 AM   #4
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Thanatos, not Thanos.
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Old 11th February 2020, 07:50 AM   #5
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How do they know the colour of dinos?
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Old 11th February 2020, 08:21 AM   #6
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Could it hyponotize its prey?
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Old 11th February 2020, 09:03 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by welshdean View Post
How do they know the colour of dinos?
Seems like paleontologists are getting some idea.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/n...colors-nature/
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Old 11th February 2020, 09:49 AM   #8
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Less interested in the name. More interested in how this fossil was obviously a Tyrannosaur to the person who cataloged it initially, but not obviously an entirely new species of Tyrannosaur.

Anyway, yay discovery! The DeGroots must be pleased.
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Old 11th February 2020, 09:51 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by welshdean View Post
How do they know the colour of dinos?
Turns out, the Ancient Romans would paint them in bright colors. You can still find particles of pigment that give hints of the original color scheme.
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Old 11th February 2020, 09:57 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Turns out, the Ancient Romans would paint them in bright colors. You can still find particles of pigment that give hints of the original color scheme.
Well this dude lived around the same time and his dinos are quite drab looking.

https://www.dailysquib.co.uk/most-po...dinosaurs.html
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Originally Posted by Belz... View Post
Thanatos, not Thanos.
While Marvel does have a character called Thanatos (which would obviously be a better fit with the dinosaur's name), Thanos is the far better known one
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Old 11th February 2020, 08:02 PM   #12
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While Marvel does have a character called Thanatos (which would obviously be a better fit with the dinosaur's name), Thanos is the far better known one
Science happens and all these skeptics can talk about is comic books.
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Old 11th February 2020, 08:30 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Wolfman View Post
While Marvel does have a character called Thanatos (which would obviously be a better fit with the dinosaur's name), Thanos is the far better known one

There's also a Marvel villain who's basically a giant upright talking lizard in a lab coat.

Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Science happens and all these skeptics can talk about is comic books.

Hush. The nerdy tweens are talking.
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Science happens and all these skeptics can talk about is comic books.
I'll point out that it's a scientist who came up with this name! Not to mention scientists who've come up with other dinosaur names such as:

Gasosaurus (so named because he was discovered by workers in a gas field)

Irritator Challengeri (supposedly so named because the person working on it became extremely irritated while doing so)

Yamaceratops (named after the Buddhist god Yama)

Piatnitzkysaurus (I've no idea why it was named that, probably named after someone but I challenge you to pronounce that!)

Bambiraptor (So named because it was a smaller, 'cuter' version of raptor)

Arthurdactylus Conan-doylensis (the name of a type of pterodactyl, so named by a Sherlock Holmes fan)

Dracorex Hogwarsia (a dinosaur named by a Harry Potter fan)

Elvisosaurus (so named because it had a crest that looked like Elvis's hair)

Eric (A marine dinosaur named after Eric Idle)

Gogirasaurus ("Gojira" is the Japanese name for Godzilla)

Technosaurus (named after Texas Tech University)

Erectopus (okay, it actually means "upright foot", but it SOUNDS like an octopus with a boner)

There's also a guy who named multiple species of trilobites after the members of the Sex Pistols: Arcticalymene Viciousi, A. Rotteni, A. Jonesi, A. Cooki, A. Matlocki



CONCLUSION


The nerds and geeks of the world win.
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They should have had an online vote so we would end up with Tyrano Tyranosaurusface.
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Old 11th February 2020, 11:15 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Wolrab View Post
They should have had an online vote so we would end up with Tyrano Tyranosaurusface.
Or Cutie McCutieFace
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Originally Posted by Wolfman View Post
I'll point out that it's a scientist who came up with this name! Not to mention scientists who've come up with other dinosaur names such as:

...

CONCLUSION


The nerds and geeks of the world win.

There's also the prehistoric turtle named Psephophorus terrypratchetti.
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Old 12th February 2020, 07:55 AM   #18
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..... and Lemmysuchus…….
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Eric (A marine dinosaur named after Eric Idle)
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Eric is the name of a particular fossil belonging to the species Umoonasaurus demoscyllus. This a marine pliosaur, not a dinosaur.
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Eric is the name of a particular fossil belonging to the species Umoonasaurus demoscyllus. This a marine pliosaur, not a dinosaur.
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