Saturday, 11 December 2021

Battle Axe Dinosaur

Battle Axe Dinosaur 

A correspondent has sent me A LINK to an article in the New York Times. I am not sure whether this will work indefinitely but give it a go and let me know. The article is based on a paper in Nature. You can see an abstract HERE.

The remains of the beast were found in sub Antarctic Chile and is a species of the ankylosaurs, who are known for their heavy armour. This individual has been named as Stegouros elengassen and has an unusually shaped tail. It looks somewhat like a macuahuitl - a Mesoamerican club edged with obsidian. And a sort of battle axe!

An artist’s reconstruction of a new species of armored dinosaur discovered in southern Chile, Stegouros elengassen.Credit...Luis Pérez López

Digital reconstruction of the unique tail weapon of the new species of armored dinosaur Stegouros elengassen. The tail was encased in pairs of dermal bones; a portion of the dermal bones has been digitally sliced away, to reveal the tail vertebrae within. Different colors signal physically separate bones; many dermal bones have fused into a single unit (liliac).CreditCredit...José Palma and Joao Francisco Botelho

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