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Gigantoraptor
2009-09-29 14:54:51

Gigantoraptor is a genus of large oviraptorosaur dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (85 million years ago). It was discovered in 2005 in the Iren Dabasu Formation in the Erlian basin, Mongolia. It was discerned that this specimen was closely related to the Oviraptor, although much larger. Only one incomplete individual has been found, and from studies of the growth rings, it was...

Citipati
2009-08-18 22:05:50

Citipati, meaning "funeral pyre lord", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Mongolia. It is known from the Djadokhta Formation in the Gobi Desert. It is one of the best known oviraptorids thanks to a number of well preserved fossils, some of which have been found in brooding positions on top of egg nests. These findings help solidify the link between...

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'