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I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Mussaurus (Episode 220)

Episode 220 is all about Mussaurus, the “mouse lizard” sauropodomorph from Argentina.

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On this episode, we talk about:


  • A brand new Amargasaurus relative, Bajadasaurus, was described with some superb neck spines supply
  • A dinosaur foot together with feathers and scutes was discovered preserved in amber supply
  • The unique feather that outlined Archaeopteryx might not belong to Archaeopteryx because it’s now outlined supply
  • A brand new dinosaur fossil went on show in Japan and would be the county’s oldest dinosaur fossil supply
  • An occasion known as Educate Rex in Liverpool within the UK supply
  • The brand new proprietor of a Flintstones theme park in Arizona plans to partially repurpose it for birding supply
  • A brand new web site is digitizing chook skeletons, to this point principally from New Zealand supply
  • Each Dippy the Diplodocus and Trix the T. rex will quickly be on show collectively in Glasgow, Scotland supply
  • There’s a brand new play within the UK about Gideon Mantell, known as Dinomania supply

The dinosaur of the day: Mussaurus

  • Sauropodomorph that lived within the Late Triassic in what’s now southern Argentina (El Tranquilo Formation)
  • Identify means “mouse lizard”
  • Discovered within the Seventies by Jose Bonaparte and crew (discovered eggs and hatchlings)
  • Described in 1979 by Jose Bonaparte and Martin Vince
  • Discovered small juveniles and toddler skeletons at first (about mouse-sized, and the explanation for mouse title); discovered seven juveniles and a pair eggs. Nest was about 215 million years previous
  • Juveniles had been between 7.8 to 14.5 in (20 to 37 cm) lengthy
  • Now some grownup specimens have been discovered (one subadult and three adults)
  • Grownup specimens described in 2013
  • Some specimens had been described in 1980 however had been labeled on the time as Plateosaurus
  • May develop as much as 10 ft (3 m) lengthy and weighed as much as 150 lb (70 kg)
  • Juveniles had shorter snouts, bigger nasal bones, and bigger eye sockets than adults
  • Eggs had skinny shells
  • Had lengthy forelimbs, so in all probability was quadrupedal (walked on 4 legs)
  • Since some hatchlings had been close to the nest with the eggs, might point out some parental care (additionally, with juveniles had totally different proportions than adults)
  • Could have been herbivorous, and will have additionally eaten bugs
  • Sort species is Mussaurus patagonicus
  • Talked about in The Misplaced World novel by Michael Crichton (the character Richard Levine picks up a small Mussaurus on Isla Sorna early on within the ebook)
  • Additionally within the comedian collection Jurassic Park: Redemption

Enjoyable Truth:
Gizzards can current an issue for dinosaurs after they eat one thing sharp.


This episode is dropped at you partly by Indiana College Press. Their Lifetime of the Previous collection is lavishly illustrated and meticulously documented to showcase the newest findings and most compelling interpretations within the ever-changing subject of paleontology. Discover their books at iupress.indiana.edu



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