A less than auspicious return? This week’s ETH is, to paraphrase some dead French dude, neither enigmatic nor Triassic nor a hellasaur. Rather, to quote some living American dudes, it is “one of the most familiar genera of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs” (Goodwin et al. 2006). That’s right it’s the infamous baby trike/fuel efficient jesus horse on display outside UCMP.
So what is it doing here? Um, I don’t really know except that I think the title “Blitkrieg Baby Bop” is totally hilarious. Fulfilling an ancient vow, I snapped the top photo on my recent trip to UCMP to check out the raddest, most enigmatic, most totally Triassic hellasaurs of all, which I was supposed to tell you about today except then I got distracted.
Blitzkrieg baby bop….Man that’s gold.
Zach’s gonna kill me. Oh well, here’s an overexposed closeup.
I’ve got loads of half-informed opinions to share about ornamentation, sexual dimorphism, species recognition and ontogeny…but uh, not right now.
GOODWIN MB, CLEMENS WA, HORNER JR, PADIAN K (2006) THE SMALLEST KNOWN TRICERATOPS SKULL: NEW OBSERVATIONS ON CERATOPSID CRANIAL ANATOMY AND ONTOGENY. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Vol. 26, No. 1 pp. 103–112