ZT is here. Dave Hone of Archosaur Musings fame is the lead author on the description of a new giant tyrannosaur from China, Zuchengtyrannus. Described from a maxilla and dentary, this broadens our understanding of the tyrannosaur's range. How long before some wisacre paleontologist names one Darthtyrannus? More at Archosaur Musings, naturally, and at Dinosaur Tracking.
A smaller tyrant is in the news, too; the Nanotyrannus skull at Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been CT scanned. More at Palaeoblog, written by CMNH's own Michael Ryan, and Saurian.
Around the Dinoblogosphere
Everything Dinosaur: The ED team has written a good summary post of Oxalaia, the new Brasilian spinosaur.
Rappy's Review Board: Rappy Winters watches the Dinotopia TV series... so you don't have to.
Other Branch: For a more enjoyable trip to Dinotopia, read Ian's review of Journey to Chandara.
Project Dryptosaurus: Keep up with new happenings with Gary Vecchiarelli's quest to bring back Dryptosaurus, and a partnership with Terry of JP Legacy!
Tetrapod Zoology: Darren Naish has a bit of April Fool's fun with Mokole-Mbembe.
Chinleana: Bill Parker does the same, reporting the cancellation of the Triassic, that woefully neglected period when the earliest dinosaurs evolved.
Paleo Illustrata: Check out Stu Pond's new Allosaurus sketch.
The Great Cretaceous Walk: "Professional fossil collectors, looking to sell the tracks to a buyer, went to the site and cut out the tracks with a rock saw." There's a teaser for you! Read Tony's harrowing tale of scientific scandal at the Great Cretaceous Walk.
Saurian: Meet Misty Bluff, home locality to Baryonyx.
ART Evolved: Andrey Atuchin shares some incredible pieces he's done of Permian reptiles from Russia. Typically gorgeous work from one of my favorite young paleoartists. Also, David Maas contributes a great promo image to Ask A Biologist.
The Guardian: Brian Switek explores the evidence for pack-hunting behavior in dromaeosaurs.
Laelaps: Switek also announced his new book Date with a Dinosaur, which will surely be of interest to all of us dinosaur lovers, no matter what our knowledge level is.
Clever Apes: As reported yesterday here, WBEZ Chicago's Clever apes, hosted by Gabriel Spitzer interviews Paul Sereno of University of Chicago, who thankfully slams the "bunny hand syndrome." And he drops a hint about his current research... into a burrowing carnivore! Spitzer also gets a healthy dose of the funnies from plucky up-and-coming Windy City comic Dan Telfer, who has honed his "The Best Dinosaur" bit. Really, if you haven't purchased Telfer's Fossil Record yet, you're a buffoon of the highest order.
Skeletal Drawing: Scott Hartman pleads for artists not to subject theropods to horribly broken tails!
Dinosaur National Monument: Dan Chure announces the date for the Quarry Visitor Center's grand re-opening.
New blog alert! The Dinophile: Swiss Edition is a new one written by Yale student Ariel Revan. Check out her adventures in Switzerland with the holotype of Stegosaurus.
Assorted gems from my week of tweeting:
- Reading the most epic - in the strict meaning of the word - autobio in all of dinosaur paleontology.
- From earlier this month, my post on the Utah "dinosaur" petroglyph that's been in the news this week.
- A eudicot from the Early Cretaceous of China, new in Nature.
- Really enjoyed this musing on creationism by @johnhawks. Great perspective regarding belief systems.
- Chinleana: Middle Triassic Lobsters from the Netherlands
- Louisville Fossils and Beyond: shares a beautiful Plumulina "Mystery Animal" Fossil
- You don't see this bird and just shrug and shuffle off into another day of tedium. It *changes* you. Forever.
Matt Van Rooijen's new Quetzalcoatlus is a no-brainer for this spot in the roundup. I love the humor implicit in the great difference of scale between the titanic pterosaur and its lunch, Champsosuchus.
Copyright Matt Van Rooijen. Used with the his permission.
Outrageously Off-Topic Indulgence
I'm a sucker for well done period dramas, and Downton Abbey is a great one. It starts just before World War I and deals with the massive societal changes in England and how they affected members of all classes. Check it out.