Dear Visitor,

Our system has found that you are using an ad-blocking browser add-on.

We just wanted to let you know that our site content is, of course, available to you absolutely free of charge.

Our ads are the only way we have to be able to bring you the latest high-quality content, which is written by professional journalists, with the help of editors, graphic designers, and our site production and I.T. staff, as well as many other talented people who work around the clock for this site.

So, we ask you to add this site to your Ad Blocker’s "white list" or to simply disable your Ad Blocker while visiting this site.

Continue on this site freely
  HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
TECHNOLOGY, DISCOVERY & INNOVATION. UPDATED 7 MINUTES AGO.
You are here: Home / Science News / Meet Zuul, the Ghostbuster Dinosaur
Meet Zuul, the 75 Million-Year-Old Ghostbuster Dinosaur
Meet Zuul, the 75 Million-Year-Old Ghostbuster Dinosaur
By Hannah Devlin Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MAY
11
2017
Scientists have identified a 75m-year old dinosaur that bears a striking resemblance to a monster from the film Ghostbusters.

The dinosaur is one of the most complete specimens ever found belonging to the armoured ankylosaur group, featuring a complete skull, a tail club and preserved soft tissues.

It has been named "Zuul" after a horned dog-like creature that emerges from a fridge and possesses the body of Sigourney Weaver's character in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie.

Like Zuul, the new species has a short, rounded snout, armoured face and prominent horns behind the eyes. The fossil also features a formidable three meter tail complete with a large bony club and sharp spikes. Scientists believe the animals may have used their tails to strike the legs of predators in defense, or to whack rival members of their own species in contests over territory or mates.

In a nod to its anatomy, the creature's full scientific name is Zuul crurivastator, which translates as "Zuul, destroyer of shins."

The fossil is remarkably well preserved with skin impressions visible on the tail and scales and horny sheaths of spikes still present.

"The preservation of the fossil is truly remarkable. Not only is the skeleton almost completely intact, but large parts of the bony armour in the skin are still in its natural position," said David Evans, curator of vertebrate palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum and leader of the project.

Zuul would have been six meters (20 feet) long and weighed about 2,500kg (5,500 pounds) -- approximately the size of a white rhinoceros.

The skeleton was excavated from a quarry in Montana, where some of the first dinosaurs ever discovered in North America were collected. The species is described in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

© 2017 Guardian Web under contract with NewsEdge/Acquire Media. All rights reserved.

Image credit: Skull of Zuul crurivastator by Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
MORE IN SCIENCE NEWS

NETWORK SECURITY SPOTLIGHT
After testing a pilot version in Russia, China, and Nordic countries last year, the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs says it will begin a global rollout of its free antivirus product.

SCI-TECH TODAY
NEWSFACTOR NETWORK SITES
NEWSFACTOR SERVICES
© Copyright 2017 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.