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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Introducing: Mojoceratops!

 

The next time a troll tells us we're living in the Stone Age—or the Late Cretaceous, at least—we can say, "Damn straight."
We've got a dinosaur named after us: Mojoceratops.
OK, not exactly. Mojoceratops is real, but we can't take credit for the name. It's actually the brainchild of Nicholas Longrich, a researcher in Yale University's geology department who, um, rocked the world of rocks this month with news that he'd discovered a "new" dinosaur. The proper name for this crazy-looking creature came to him as he was discussing his groundbreaking work with colleagues. At a bar.
"Yes, there was beer involved, but we weren't, like, pissed," he laughed when MoJo caught up with him today. "I didn't even think about it, I just said it." He and his friends tried coming up with a few serious names, too, but none of them quite measured up.
It just rolls, like a steady wind over the fossil-rich soil of Western Canada: Mojoceratops.
Did we mention it was a plant-eater? What's more: Mojoceratops ate organic and local.................

 

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