That Which Absorbs Everything Within Itself

9 September 2007

17th century Tibetan thangka

Mahakala has never been known to harm one being, even in the slightest manner, because he is constantly benefiting beings through the continuous play of the enlightened mind.Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Snap. Or, if you’ll pardon the expression (which is unlikely) ‘sniz-ap’. When Pigs Fly Returns has a nice work up of the newly published eentsy dromeosaurid Mahakala omnogovae, complete with an original, appropriately plumy reconstruction.

The new dinosaur, creatively named after the eponymous dharmapala figured above, takes her debutante turn in last weeks Science. Woah! birds! dinosaurs! Cope’s ‘rule!’ Rahonavis! Microraptor! Size diversity in mammalian carnivora! Size diversity in felids! Size diversity in Varanus!

My mind, and readership, reels then attenuates. I still have unpacking to do!

4 Responses to “That Which Absorbs Everything Within Itself”

  1. Zach Miller Says:

    I love the name. The little beastie was discovered and published by Chinese scientists, found in Mongolia, and named after a Tibetan deity. Thanks for the link! It really is a cute little dinosaur!

  2. Neil Says:

    We’re still waiting on that Troodon post. Oh yeah, and what the hell is up with Scansoriopteryx?


  3. Can I add something:

    KHENPO KARTHAR RINPOCHE was born in Rabshi, east Tibet, in the province of Kham. He was born in the second Tibetan month of 1924, the fourth child to a modest but self-sufficient nomad family. His parents practiced Buddhism diligently, and his father taught Rinpoche the Tibetan alphabet and various scriptures. Thus, he learned to read and write, and began to memorize texts.

    When he was twelve, Rinpoche entered Thrangu Monastery, where he found that his training in written Tibetan and the scriptures prepared him well for the rituals and prayers that were now a part of his daily monastic life. For six years, he studied and practiced in the monastery. At eighteen, he and a few other monks were sent on a pilgrimage to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of His Holiness Karmapa, to meet him for the first time.


  4. […] that this comes as any surprise really.  I mean, Dracorex? Mahakala? Balaur? Rapator? […]


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