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#1    MadEyePixie

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 02:07 AM

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Dracorex hogwartsia is now on display.

This 66-million-year-old, first-of-its-kind, dragon-like dinosaur has been named in honor of celebrated children’s book author J.K. Rowling.

The name Dracorex hogwartsia, from the Latin words draco (meaning dragon), rex (meaning king), and hogwartsia (after the fictional Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry created by J.K. Rowling).

The nearly complete skull was discovered by three friends; Steve Saulsbury, Patrick Saulsbury and Brian Buckmeier, all from Sioux City, Iowa.  They found it during a fossil collecting trip in South Dakota and donated it to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. When it was brought to the museum’s Paleo Prep Lab for cleaning and studying, it was little more than a box of parts. It took two years to patiently glue together the many fragments and restore the skull.

This fossil helps us understand how discoveries of extinct animal fossils may have inspired people throughout history to believe that dragons once lived. Legends about dragons are common around the world, and dragons have held major significance in various religions and cultures.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 03:26 AM

i think i'll call it draco rex.hogwarts just does'nt sound right. original.gif


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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:42 PM

So i was right all along grin2.gif
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Posted 23 May 2006 - 11:33 PM

Looks like some type of pachycephalosaur of homacephale...

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 11:54 PM

I say that on the history channel in 04. The man that found it named it after his wife. he called it lisadragon. I was hoping it was a raptor thowe.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 10:27 PM

Nice new find. Whats next? Golemasurus?

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 03:24 AM

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This 66-million-year-old, first-of-its-kind, dragon-like dinosaur has been named in honor of celebrated children’s book author J.K. Rowling.

Oh what the hell.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 03:29 AM

They should of made a better name.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 03:44 AM

Yea. There should be an approval board for new dino names.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 05:39 AM

I feel sorry for that Dinosaur. Hes probably up in Dino heaven going "Oh geez, im finally discovered and what do they do? Name me after a building. A building that doesnt even exist."



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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:14 AM

Impressive looking skull. DC is gonna love this one grin2.gif
Does sound like a silly name, hopefully it will get the younger generation back into books and away from the boob tube.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:53 AM

I think what annoyed me more was the only clip from Bakker they got was him saying "it shouldn't exist! But clearly it does!" Greeeaaat. Cause we need more ammo to give to the ID people. And since Bakker himself is a proponent of "theistic evolution" I'm sure his brain is whipping up something.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:56 AM

Also, the name sucks.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:04 PM

yes.gif What a dumb name for a pachycephalosaur...

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 12:15 AM

Of course it is not a real dragon.  Dragons are carnivorous and this creature is an obvious herbivore.  This is unquestionably a specimen of "False Draco", a shy herbivore who mimics the authentic and fearsome, carnivorous Draco that it much resembles.  

But this cannot be the "Lisadragon" for that creature was a carnivore and had a more complete skeleton.  Come to think of it, I wonder whatever happened to that fossil?  Maybe it was determined to actually be a species of "draco" and there has been a great conspiracy to cover it up.





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