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News Archive - September 2010
Paleontology Run-Down & A Musical Interlude
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 13:34 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Been unable to update since our recent announcement of the JPL Version 6 "Design your own Header" contest was announced. For details on that see here.
Coming out of Utah are two new Ceratopsians announced to the world named Kosmoceratops richardsoni and Utahceratops gettyi and behind this discovery is paleontologist Scott Sampson.
The giant plant-eating Kosmoceratops richardsoni and Utahceratops gettyi were found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in rocks that were once part of a long island called Laramidia, which was separated from the rest of North America by a wide, shallow, north-south running seaway.
"It's a freaky dinosaur," said Matthew Lamanna, assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, commenting on Kosmoceratops. "If it were made into a kid's toy, it'd be a very popular one."
More news on the plate from the world of Paleontology. We turn our focus next to a new study on tyrannosaur phylogeny. We take a look at this little blurb here from UPI.Com.
A decade of new fossil discoveries that have more than doubled the number of known tyrannosaur species has changed perceptions of the huge dinosaur with the tiny arms, a release from the American Museum of Natural History says.
Older and smaller tyrannosaurs have made the evolutionary tree of this group richer and more complex, and innovative research has added an enormous amount of information about tyrannosaurs, so much so that the group could now be considered an exemplar for paleontology research, scientists say.
In short, for this article (no pun intended), it is a small retrospective look into the diveristy of the tyrannosaur family tree that paleontologists are getting to look at. With the newer discoveries over the years of Dilong, Bistahieversor (tongue-twister in itself!), Raptorex, Guanlong, and Eotyrannus. The scientific community is finally getting more information into what would be T.rex's rather long and small humble beginnings to the large and impressive animal it became. Another example and the best I can see of Tyrannosauroidea research happening, even though it falls under Dryptosauridae research, is on Project: Dryptosaaurus. I would recommend checking out Gary's work there and following his blog if you haven't already.
Another wonderful aspect of paleontology is the discovery of the prehistoric mammals of the Paleogene forward that used to dominate our landscape until we humans became what we did. A treasure trove of these fossils were found recently in Southern California.
* a giant cat that was the ancestor to the saber-toothed cat * enormous grizzly bear-sized ground sloths * two types of camels * a new species of prehistoric deer * a new horse * a new llama * many different types of rodents
All this is but a list of what was found in the new site. For more information be sure to check out the article here from Discovery News.
Lastly our musical interlude. You all may have remembered hearing about the various fan projects going on, but this one we haven't really heard of or at least maybe my memory is faulty and confusing it with the "Jurassic Parq" musical we heard about a month or so back. For those who haven't seen it - or know about this - and curious about this I present the video:
JPLegacy Version 6 - Design your own Header Image Contest!
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 23:05 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
What's a website without contests? We're holding our own "Design your own header" image. As you all have seen in our version six design we have the random header image that changes on each page refresh we're now offering you the chance to design your own header for JPL Version 6 to be put on the main page. Here's a couple guidelines
- You must be a registered user on our message board. - You must keep the JPLegacy logo in the template we give you in the same location. Do not re-arrange it please! You will be disqualified even if your logo is great. - The size of the image must be 890 by 209 pixels (the same as in the template). - You must save your "finished" entry in PNG format.
Grand prize winners will have a special rank created for them on the message board with their logos in the site's image change code. Runners up will receive a news post acknowledging their status as runner ups and a special avatar on our message board with link accessible only to them for placement on their member accounts. We will accept entries starting tonight and the contest will close three weeks from now on October 4th (JP's arrival to VHS's anniversary for those who don't know!) at 12:00AM Eastern time. You may post your entries in this thread on our message boards here. We look forward to your entries. You can find the templates here in PSD and PNG.
Date: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 2:21 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Welcome to the newest version of Jurassic Park Legacy! JPLegacy has had many iterations of designs, with being on 'net for so long we have decided to retire our infamous version 5.0 design (the green and red designs) and have now decided to launch our newest Version 6 design! This is honestly the ONE. The design to change the way we do our designs on this site. Version six features improved content in select sections, improved navigation, and is a pinnacle of my programming talents at this moment in CSS/HTML/PHP. We're also planning a Content Management System for the Encyclopedia project to behave like a real Encyclopedia (search options and the like). If you notice any bugs, as always - be sure to e-mail us, but welcome to Jurassic Park Legacy Version 6.0!
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 16:51 (Eastern) Author:Veritas
Hey everyone. Starting either this Saturday or next JPL's very own _Veritas_ and ArtisticRaptor will be getting their own radio show on WAUG (Augustana College's online radio station) known as Cretaceous Chaos! It airs on Saturdays from 4:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M CDT, and in this two hour timeframe the two hosts will talk about anything and everything to do with dinosaurs. We'll keep you updated on the latest finds, current research, and even some interviews with paleontologists! On top of all of that we will also cover dinosaurs in the media- ranging from movies, music, comics, and everything else. So tune in!
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:57 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
While checking up with Dinosaur Mailing List I came across a recent discovery of a new carcharodontosaur from the lower Cretaceous of Spain. Here's the abstract and the appropriate citation:
Ortega F., Escaso F. & Sanz J.L. 2010. A bizarre, humped Carcharodontosauria (Theropoda) from the Lower Cretaceous of Spain. Nature 467: 203-206.
Abstract: Carcharodontosaurs were the largest predatory dinosaurs, and their early evolutionary history seems to be more intricate than was previously thought. Until recently, carcharodontosaurs were restricted to a group of large theropods inhabiting the Late Cretaceous Gondwanan land masses, but in the last few years Laurasian evidence has been causing a reevaluation of their initial diversification. Here we describe an almost complete and exquisitely preserved skeleton of a medium-sized (roughly six metres long) theropod from the Lower Cretaceous series (Barremian stage) Konservat-Lagerstätte of Las Hoyas in Cuenca, Spain. Cladistic analysis supports the idea that the new taxon *Concavenator corcovatus* is a primitive member of Carcharodontosauria, exhibiting two unusual features: elongation of the neurapophyses of two presacral vertebrae forming a pointed, hump-like structure and a series of small bumps on the ulna. We think that these bumps are homologous to quill knobs present on some modern birds; the knobs are related to the insertion area of follicular ligaments that anchor the roots of the flight feathers (remiges) to the arm. We propose that *Concavenator* has integumentary follicular structures inserted on the ulna, as in modern birds. Because scales do not have follicles, we consider the structures anchored to the *Concavenator* arms to be non-scale skin appendages homologous to the feathers of modern birds. If this is true, then the phylogenetic bracket for the presence of non-scale skin structures homologous to feathers in theropod dinosaurs would be extended to the Neotetanurae, enlarging the scope for explaining the origin of feathers in theropods.
Thanks to Concavenator it now supports that another branch of theropoda had some feather fluff and as it pushes back the Dino-Bird link further back in time. I personally think it provides enough evidence to support an interesting argument for Allosaurus and it's own descendants of their "warm-blooded" capabilities as theropods. For more information (and a nice little bit of PaleoArt) head on over to Discovery News and check out that article there.
New Jurassic Innards - An insight into Live the Legend
Date: Friday, September 3, 2010 - 18:07 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
I recently sat down and decided to do a post over the concerns over the new "Live the Legend: RPG" on Jurassic Innards, our blog on the inner workings of JPL. This discusses the changes that have been in the queue for a while now for the favored RPG. I hope this clears thing up, I'll also be answering any comments that you may have concerning the future of the RPG on the message board, the Chat Room, and on the blog post. You can read the aforementioned blog post found here. A chat event will also be organized within to discuss with the JPL staff involved on LtL, in great detail, questions and changes as we finish the new field guide refits up.