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2010-09-09 05:50:00

Paleontologists in Spain have discovered a near-complete fossil of a bizarre new hump-backed dinosaur they believe predates the well-known dinosaurs that once ruled the Earth. Francisco Ortega of Spain discovered the fossil, and named it Concavenator corcovatus, meaning "the hunchback hunter from Cuenca." The remains were uncovered in the Las Hoyas formation in Spain's Cuenca province. The area has produced a treasure trove of finds dating back 120 to 150 million years ago during the Lower...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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