PaleoNews #13

Welcome to this addition of PaleoNews! 

NEW FINDINGS

A new large, predatory lizard has been described which lived in South Korea during the Late Cretaceous. Asprosaurus bibongriensis is the name of this new taxa. This animal is especially interesting as it is South Korea’s first Mesozoic lizard. Asprosaurus belongs to the (possibly polyphyletic) clade of varanoid lizards known as the monstersauria. The famous Late Cretaceous Djadochta lizard that took over Citipati and Oviraptor’s egg stealing habits, Estesia, was also a member of this group, however, Asprosaurus was larger, and, at around 7 feet in length, may have gone after more then just dinosaur eggs. There is speculation, that, like other large Mesozoic non-dinosaurian animalsAsprosaurus may have fed on dinosaurs. The dinosaur Koreanosaurus boseongensis and fossil dinosaur eggs have also been found alongside Asprosaurus in the Seonso Conglomerate Formation. The beauty of out-of-the-ordinary fossils like Asprosaurus is that they draw attention to and cause research to be done on fossil sites and locations which would otherwise be overlooked by paleontologist-kind. 

Asprosaurus bibongriensis by the author. Pencils on paper, 2015.

Asprosaurus bibongriensis by the author. Pencils on paper, 2015.

10 new rodents from the Oligocene of Oregon have been described. The Oligocene deposits of Oregon are already known for their large(r) mammals, so these new rodents are especially important as they help us piece together the entirety of this ancient ecosystem.

THE INTERNET AND PALEONTOLOGY 

At his blog, Mark Witton shares with us his wonderful artworks of the Wealden Supergroup’s biota. His work is absolutely breathtaking and I suggest you hop over there and check his illustrations out!

At LITC, another installment of Vintage Dinosaur Art is out, and this time the book Prehistoric Life is reviewed. It’s always a blast to read the LITC guys’ book reviews, so I definitely recommend reading this new edition! 

At SVPOW!, Mike talks about “mega-journals” and their limits, and of possible brachiosaurid skull remains. The first post mentioned is very interesting and I suggest you go read it here! The second post is just as interesting and can be found here.

At dinosaurpalaeo, Heinrich tells us all about his new, crazy cool mass digitization project, and also of food snatching among avian dinosaurs. You can find those posts here and here.

Anyone else excited for T. rex Autopsy ? ‘Cus I sure am! This new National Geographic special will show the dissection of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and, with the scientific advisory of some awesome people, like the great John of the Freezers, we can be sure that the show will be absolutely fantastic! Check out John’s post here for more information.

Twilight Beasts has a fascinating post on prehistoric canids, which you can check out here. They do a really great job over there with prehistoric mammals and are very worth following if you have a WordPress account.

FEATURED ARTWORK/PHOTOGRAPH 

This week we have my photo of the large Allosaurus fragilis on display at the AMNH:

IMG_2967As always, if you would like to feature your artwork on here, please contact me in the comments below.

Thanks for reading PaleoNews #13, and I hope you enjoyed! 

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