#3 Dinosaurs evolved frills to flirt…

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The frilled ceratopsian Protoceratops andrewsi, Carnegie Museum of Natural History / Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

Several fascinating paleontological discoveries took place this February. During the past 28 days, scientists working in the field published numerous studies, described new prehistoric species, and proposed exciting theories about the biology and behavior of many extinct animals.

In this article, we will do a quick recap of the most important paleontological discoveries and updates from February 2021.

Let’s go!

A new sauropod from Uzbekistan

Starting off with the description of a new genus of sauropod dinosaur from Uzbekistan.

Hans-Dieter Sues at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and his colleague Alexander Averianov at the Russian Academy of Sciences examined a single, large tail vertebrate…

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Hey folks!

Below follows a brief introduction of myself. I’d like to keep it short, so I’d better start right away.

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My name is Panos Grigorakakis and I’m a journalist with experience in news writing, social media management, and content creation. I was born and raised in Athens. If you haven’t been already, I strongly suggest you visit sometime — the city is pretty underrated, trust me!

I can communicate myself in English, Spanish, and -to a less extend- in German and Chinese. Learning foreign languages is my thing! …

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My goal on Medium has always been to write educative articles that could provide value to the reader.

I enjoy writing about topics I find fascinating, mainly paleontology and ocean liners. Since the topics and themes of my stories are pretty specific, I had a hard time finding fitting publications for them. Therefore, I decided to create new ones from scratch.

I am currently an editor of Tales of Prehistory and Maiden Voyage publications. Below follows a brief introduction of them covering their themes, approach, and target audience.

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A curated story can be included in Medium’s daily digest email, or it can be featured more frequently both in the app and the website to readers interested in the specific topic(s). Thus it makes sense for writers to strive for curation since their stories can get higher exposure.

This doesn’t mean that non-curated stories are necessarily of lower quality. The articles are reviewed by people and in the end, the decision…

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Picture this: you read an article on Medium, you like it, clap it, and decide to follow its author. You visit their profile and start scrolling for more interesting stories. The most recent ones come up first, but there’s always the possibility of a hidden gem lying further back down. Unfortunately, chances are you’ll get tired soon and quit searching. Does this sound familiar?

It’s true that browsing one’s profile on Medium can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. …

Explore February’s exciting stories…

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Dear followers,

As you probably already know, the purpose of the Tales of Prehistory publication is to feature unique stories that will educate, entertain, and inform readers about our planet’s remarkable past. We aim for readers who realize that one cannot fully comprehend today’s complexity of life without a basic understanding of our planet’s past.

To help you keep track of our latest stories, we’ve decided to set a monthly review that will feature all articles added in Tales of Prehistory during the last 30 days or so.

Starting with February, we are delighted to announce the addition of four

Dilophosaurus made a memorable appearance in Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, it was a really inaccurate one…

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Dilophosaurus on display at the Royal Ontario Museum by Eduard Solà / Wikimedia Commons.

Its presence in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park cemented Dilophosaurus as a pop culture icon. Despite its memorable appearance in the film though, major aspects of this dinosaur’s anatomy and evolutionary relationships were until recently unknown.

New fossil discoveries and the most detailed study ever performed on Dilophosaurus yet produced the first clear picture of what the crested dinosaur actually looked like. Spoiler alert: it was nothing like the creature featured in the famous blockbuster.

“It’s pretty much the best, worst-known dinosaur. Until this study, nobody knew what Dilophosaurus wetherilli looked like or how it evolved,” said lead study author…

So better stop calling them that way…

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Dimetrodon skeleton in Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C / Jeff Kubina / Wikimedia Commons.

Most people often use the word ‘dinosaur’ as a catch-all term to describe any sort of extinct, large, or bizarre, reptilian-like animal. That’s unfortunate since Dinosauria is a scientific term with a strict meaning and well-defined membership. Thanks to common misconceptions generated by popular culture, many prehistoric animals we often call ‘dinosaurs’ actually weren’t.

Let’s try to address the most popular non-dinosaurian creatures that are frequently taken as dinosaurs.

Mosasaurus hoffmannii

Mosasaurus was prominently featured in the latest Jurassic World saga and left a memorable impression on popular culture [1]. …

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Exploring the origins and the paleobiology of the ‘tyrant lizard king’…

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Tyrannosaurus rex holotype specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh. / ScottRobertAnselmo / Wikimedia Commons.

Ask anyone to name a dinosaur species and chances are they’ll think of T.rex. Since its official description in 1905, Tyrannosaurus captured the world’s imagination and quickly obtained fame unparalleled by any other prehistoric animal. Unfortunately, our perception of this remarkable creature is often significantly different from the actual predator that lived in western North America 66 million years ago.

To get a more accurate picture of the ‘tyrant lizard king’ we need to steer away from popular culture stereotypes and to focus instead on the available scientific data. Fortunately, T.rex …

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