Well hello, everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas. I most certainly did. I went to a wonderful Christmas Eve service with my family at a nearby church (our home church didn't have Christmas Eve service this year). This is my last blog post till after New Year's, so I hope you all enjoy it as you sit back and remember the amazing year we had in 2014.
It is: 6 days till New Year's
It is: 10 days till my birthday
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No news on upcoming movies this week, but I recently finished my next episode of Animal Face-Off called: Carnotaurus vs. Cryolophosaurus. Please enjoy:
Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
As a dinosaur enthusiast, I am commonly searching the internet for the latest dinosaur discoveries. Man, was it worth is! 2014 has been a terrific year for paleontology. Whether in barren deserts and scrub lands across the world, or discovered in dusty museum fossil storerooms, scientists discovered a myriad of new dinosaur species, as well as fossils of dinosaurs that we previously knew very little about. Just like last year, and the year before that, this article will feature some of the many dinosaurs discovered in 2014, but also couple of dinosaurs that we knew existed for decades, but we had so little fossil material, that we could not learn much about them until now. Let's recap dinosaur discoveries of 2014!
New Discoveries Concerning Already-known Species
|For decades, Deinocheirus was only known from a pair of arm bones; now that more fossils have been found, we know it was a large, hump-backed creature.|
|Instead of being a terrestrial, two-legged predator, Spinosaurus was semi-aquatic, hunting mainly aquatic creatures like fish and crocodiles.|
New Dinosaurs Described in 2014
|Anzu is one of the largest species of oviraptorosaurs. It had a crest on its head, probably for display purposes. PHOTO CREDITS|
|Changyuraptor was a large relative of Microraptor, complete with two sets of wings, one on each limb.|
|Dreadnoughtus was the largest dinosaur known from a relatively complete skeleton, weighing 65 tons! No predator would attack a fully-grown adult! PHOTO CREDITS|
|Laquintasaura was a fox-sized dinosaur that might have lived in herds. PHOTO CREDITS|
|Mercuriceratops was a close relative of the larger Triceratops. PHOTO CREDITS|
|Nanuqsaurus' name means "polar bear lizard". PHOTO CREDITS|
|Despite its name, Rhinorex was not a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, but a hadrosaur. PHOTO CREDITS|
|Tachiraptor probably hunted Laquintasaura, as their fossils have been found near each other. PHOTO CREDITS|
Laquintasaura was a small and swift dinosaur. The discovery of another dinosaur living in the same place as Laquintasaura made it easy to see why being fast was a good thing. Scientists realized the fossil teeth and bones they found along with the smaller dinosaur were a new species, and upon describing the fossils, they named the animal Tachiraptor, meaning “thief of Táchira”. Tachiraptor was about five feet long and lived in the lower Jurassic pre-Flood environment. Its long legs helped it to run swiftly after its swift prey.
|Zaraapelta was a large armored dinosaur built like a tank. It would have been a difficult animal to kill, even by a tyrannosaur! PHOTO CREDITS|
|Zby, one of the largest dinosaurs, also has one of the shortest names of any dinosaur. PHOTO CREDITS|
I hope you liked this recap of some of the most amazing and interesting dinosaur discoveries of 2014. In fact, I hope you have enjoyed all the articles I have written over the year 2014. Next year should be just as exciting! There will undoubtedly be lots of new dinosaur discoveries coming up, plus two awesome dinosaur movies coming out: Universal Studios' Jurassic World and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur!
I hope everyone really enjoyed 2014 and may God bless all of my faithful readers! Have a happy New Year everyone! See you in 2015!
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