The reReturn of Engimatic Triassic Hellasaur Thursday – Blitzkrieg Baby Bop

24 July 2008

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.

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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

One Response to “The reReturn of Engimatic Triassic Hellasaur Thursday – Blitzkrieg Baby Bop”

  1. Zach Miller Says:

    The giant plush trike made it worthwhile. I need to buy that now.


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