PaleoNews #3

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NEW FINDINGS

Just today, news came out of a new pseudosuchian archosaurimorph from Tanzania, and its name is Nundasuchus songeaensis. Many of you have probably already heard of this awesome beast which was described in November, but Nundasuchus only caught the attention of the media within the past two days. I have no explanation to why this is, but it is cool that it did get media attention, unlike Allosaurus lucasi (look it up). For those of you who don’t know, Nundasuchus was an average-sized pseudosuchian at around 9 feet long that lived in what is now Tanzania. It’s only known from a partial skeleton, but paleontologists have a pretty good idea what it looked like based on other pseudosuchians. It probably was the apex predator of its time and region, preying on Synapsids and Diapsids galore!

A new lizard from the Jurassic of China shows that some reptiles may have exhibited parental care. Philydrosaurus was described in 2005, but a new fossil shows that the small lizard may have been way more interesting then previously thought. The fossil shows an adult Philydrosaurus seemingly guarding its young, a behavior uncommon in most reptiles. Fossils preserving animals engaging in certain behaviors are extremely rare, and so this is big news for anyone who considers themselves a paleo-nerd.

THE INTERNET AND PALEONTOLOGY 

SVPOW! showcases work of Aquiliops here. They feature a lot of cool art so be sure to check it out when you have time! The Bite Stuff talks about caenagnathidae, a weird but wonderful family of oviraptorosaurs which recently got a new member in 2014. I suggest you check it out here!

FEATURED ARTWORK/ PHOTOGRAPH

Here’s a new segment! I got the idea from Love in the time of Chasmosaurs, an awesome blog you can check out here!

This week it is my photo of a T.rex skull from the Peabody Museum!

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Remember, if you would like to showcase your work, contact me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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