Second science discovery post of the morning: UK newspaper The Telegraph reported yesterday that scientists in Utah have discovered a “charismatic” new type of dinosaur with massive thighs.
Dr. Mike Taylor from University College London explains:
When we recognised the weird shape of the hip, we wondered what its significance might be, but we concluded that kicking was the most likely. The kick would probably have been used when two males fought over a female.
The dinosaur’s discoverers have named it Brontomerus mcintoshi. “Brontomerus” is Latin for “Thunder-Thighs,” and “mcintoshi” refers to Wesleyan professor emeritus John McIntosh, a “lifelong avocational paleontologist.”
Back in the 70s, McIntosh helped convince the scientific community that the apatosaurus had a diplodocus-type head rather than a camarasaurus-type head, which permanently changed the way that we think about dinosaur heads.