EDIT: This was an April Fools Joke. It is not by any means serious. That being said, please enjoy. 

Hi guys! This is a very special post. I have started to help excavate the rest of a new spinosaurine dinosaur from my museum’s home state of Connecticut! Enter Imperopontifexosaurus monospinus: 

Welcome to Terrific Tetanurae! #5. I know it’s a bit early but I wanted to highlight this really exciting find! This week we have Imperopontifexosaurus monospinus, which translates to single-spined emperor priest lizard. It was discovered in Somewhere, Connecticut.   From the bones we can clearly tell it’s a spinosaurine spinosaurid, and a large one at that. My estimate places it at around 67 feet long and 13 tons. What’s interesting about this animal is that its sail had evolved into a fin-like structure. We speculate this may have been used for steering purposes while the animal was submerged. The animal also has a wide rib cage compared to other spinosaurines, suggesting a more fully aquatic lifestyle. The animal dates to the latest part of the middle of the early Cenomanian stage of the early Late Cretaceous of the late Mesozoic Era, which is in the late-middle of the Phanerozoic Eon of the Earth’s History, which is small compared to the 14.5 billion year history of the Universe, which is big compared to the small amount of time that is the latest part of the middle of the early Cenomanian stage of the early Late Cretaceous of the late Mesozoic Era in Earth’s history. Pretty straight forward if I do say so myself. Here is an image of the animal’s known skull elements:

Known elements of the skull of I. monospinus.  Photo by the author, 2015.
Known elements of the skull of I. monospinus.
Photo by the author, 2015.

From those isolated fragments you can clearly make out the basic shape of the skull. This animal probably ate anything it could, snapping its gargantuan jaws on prey whenever it sensed movement.

Here’s my pencil reconstruction of this horrible beast:

Imperopontifexosaurus monospinus by the author. Pencils on Paper, 2015.
Imperopontifexosaurus monospinus by the author. Pencils on Paper, 2015.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Here is a link to the paper describing the animal .

References

1. Nooneev, E. R.  .2015. “A new spinosaurine (Dinosauria, Theropoda, Tetanurae, Megalosauridae, Spinosauridae, Spinosaurinae) from Somewhere, Connecticut and its implications for spelling implications correctly”. Journal of April Foololololology -12(9000): -123 – π .

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