Toy Fair is ever the weird, wild affair, and 2015 is no different. Thousands of industry folks descended on the Javits Center in New York City this weekend to show of the coming year’s big toys. As usual, Lego managed to stand out with its ware, but this year is a little bit different for the block company. Unlike recent years, when fans couldn’t expect boatloads of nostalgic homages to the likes ofGhostbusters or The Simpsons. Instead, many of Lego’s wares were tailor made for the upcoming blockbuster season. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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Not content with the thousands of identified species of real-world dinosaurs, beasts that grew so huge, with claws so sharp and teeth so long that their collective name literally means “terrible lizard,” the makers of the upcoming Jurassic World decided to make a new monster. The result, hidden on the movie’s site and discovered by Screen Crush, is the Indominus Rex. If you want to know exactly what’s going to be trying to eat Chris Pratt in a few months, read on to ruin the surprise.
Three years ago, a family of rural farmers stumbled across an incredible archaeological site on their land in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The family notified nearby Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio (MEF), and now researchers at the site have unearthed the largest dinosaur ever. It’s estimated that the massive beast weighed almost 80 tons (80,000 kg) and stood 65 feet tall (20 meters) when it walked the earth some 95 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. Measurements suggest it was over 130 feet (40 meters) from its head to the tip of its tail. That means it was roughly as long as a 13-story building.
But this truly gigantic dinosaur was a herbivore. The specimens found in Argentina’s Chubut province (which is…
The Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and Brontosaurus are the celebrities of the dinosaur world, though none of those have come attached to nicknames quite as memorable as the “chicken from hell.” That’s the moniker for the Anzu wyliei, a newly-classified dinosaur that lived some 66 million years ago, and whose fossilized remains were dug up from a section of the Hell Creek Formation between North and South Dakota (hence the name). Details about the creature were detailed in a paper published today, and co-authored by researchers from the Smithsonian, the University of Utah, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which currently houses the fossils.
Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold has an eclectic range of interests. The ex-Microsoft CTO is a physicist, a proponent of “modernist cuisine,” a multi-millionaire, and the head of the controversial “patent troll” Intellectual Ventures. He also knows a lot about dinosaurs. More, he thinks, than dedicated dinosaur researchers. Dr. Myhrvold has alleged that reports published by some of the biggest names in paleontology are riddled with “serious errors and inaccuracies.”
Utah is making a name for itself as the place to unearth dinosaurs. Earlier this year a big-nosed dinosaur was discovered in the state, and just recently a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex was also unearthed. Today, yet another dinosaur has been discovered: Siats meekerorum. While its name might sound tame, Siats refers to the man eating monster from the mythology of the Ute Native American people. Siats “was a colossal predator second only to the great T. rex,” explains Lindsay Zanno, director of Paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
A giant ‘man eater’
Siats weighed more than four tons and was over 30 feet long, making it a giant carnivorous dinosaur. It might be second only to the T.rex, but it’s not a…
It might not be possible to actually bring dinosaurs back to life, but that won’t stop us from dreaming — about which one would be the most delicious. Popular Science answers the age-old question by considering what the animals’ diets and behavior were like, declaring that the ornithomimid (pictured above) would “yield the most consumer-friendly cut of meat, while still maintaining a unique dinosaur taste.” We guess it’ll have to do since brontosaurus burgers are off the historical menu. And while Montana State University professor David Varicchio believes sauropod neck could be a delicacy, he thinks you’d probably want to pass on the T-Rex. A carrion-heavy diet would leave its meat “pretty parasite-laden.”