dinosnore
by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Life reconstruction of Daemonosaurus chauliodus by Jeff Martz

Ghost Ranch, NM (how fitting), is the dig site where the fossilized skull and neck vertebrae of the ‘daemonosaurus chauliodus’ was recently discovered.

It seems as though ‘new’ dinosaur bones are being dug up more frequently now, but what makes this find particularly special is it provides a link between two seemingly unrelated (due to scarce fossil records) dinosaur groups.

“Daemon” from the Greek ‘daimon’ which means evil spirit, and “sauros” which means lizard/reptile, come together to form the evil spirit o’saur, a name that should spark fear into your heart! Especially if you’re somehow currently living in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts.

According to scientists, the buck-toothed, nasty looking demon dino is believed to have been the size of a tall dog, and its buck teeth prove it was more evolved than other predators of the Triassic period. However, its short snout still rings a bit unusual to scientists, as the evolving dinosaurs of that period seemed to have developed longer noses.

Still, they can’t ignore the fact that their evolutionary development fits in quite well between the dinosaurs of South America and the advanced theropods, like the T-Rex, 230 million years ago.

With this discovery, scientists are learning more about the early evolution of dinosaurs, and starting to fill in the pieces of missing dino-history. Can’t wait til they find a lizard man!