We continue to discover new dinosaurs every day. However, a recent find in South America is proving to be truly unique. The majestic herbivore has been found with long, forward-pointing spikes down its neck. The strange feature makes the dinosaur appear like it has a mohawk made of spikes.
The paleontologists from CONICET, Universidad Maimónides, and several other institutions found the new species in 2013. It has been dubbed Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, the latter part of which means “bent over forward spine.” The dinosaur was a sauropod, a group of long-necked, four-legged dinosaurs that lived in the Lower Cretaceous period in Argentina 140 million years ago.
The spikes covered the sauropod’s neck and may have been used for display and protection.
According to paleontologists, the Bajadasaurus skull and teeth suggest that they grazed on low-lying plants. The location of their eye sockets on the roof of the skull also meant that they could keep an eye out for predators. However, the most impressive part of the dinosaur is still its long spikes. The longest of the spikes actually measures up to nearly five feet in length.
Needless to say, scientists are thoroughly impressed with the Bajadasaurus. Steve Brusatte, a University of Edinburgh paleontologist who is not directly involved with the research, couldn’t help but gush about the dinosaur.
“We’re barely into February, but Bajadasaurus might end up being the most awesome dinosaur of 2019. The name looks a lot like ‘Badassasaurus’, which is actually pretty fitting, as this looks like a punk dinosaur,” he said. .
He’s not far off; the name is pronounced BA-HAD-AH-SAURUS.
Research author Pablo Gallina with the Bajadasaurus reconstructions.
Brusatte also pointed out that the dinosaur’s mohawk of spikes looked like that of punk legend Johnny Rotten.
“I can’t help but think that the spines functioned in the same way as Johnny Rotten’s hair: to get attention. These must have been display structures, to attract mates or intimidate rivals, or maybe to rock out in other ways that only the dinosaurs would have known,” he said.
Several reconstructions of the Bajadasaurus were recently unveiled at the Cultural Science Center in Buenos Aires.
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Engineer Builds AI Shelter With Facial Recognition For Stray Cats
The high-tech shelter can recognize up to 174 different cats and serves as a temporary veterinary clinic!
Most people go out of their way to help stray cats. However, one engineer decided to make sure the homeless felines around him can find a safe place to keep warm, get food, and stay healthy. The animal lover decided to build a high-tech cat shelter with artificial intelligence that uses facial recognition to scan for diseases.
Wan Xi is a computer engineer based in Beijing, China. However, Wan's true passion is caring for stray cats that roam the streets in his hometown. He would make sure the cats are fed. Unfortunately, these homeless kitties were in trouble when the cold winter arrived. The determined Wan built the AI shelter to make sure the cats have a warm and safe place to stay.
This cool shelter also serves as a temporary veterinary clinic.
These Transparent Solar Panels Can Power Cars, Mobile Devices, and Even Buildings
Amazing tech! The world needs this.
It's always amazing to see what happens when great minds work together towards a common goal which, in this case, is to improve our lives by making wise use of readily-available natural resources.
As it turns out, a group of researchers from the Michigan State University have developed an inspired piece of tech that may just revolutionize the way we tap solar power. According to the team, the transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) can gather green energy which can be potentially used for mobile devices, vehicles, and even buildings.
Oldest Rock On Earth Recently Found On The Moon!
How did it get there?
Experts believe that they have discovered the Earth’s oldest rock and funny as it may seem, they found it, not on our home planet, but on the moon! This discovery sparks imagination and new theories that could help us understand how the early Earth was formed.
NASA has sent several missions on the moon. Astronauts in these missions were given the task to take samples of rocks and whatever they can find on the moon for earthlings to study. One of these expeditions was the 1971 Apollo 14 where astronauts were able to collect the rock in limelight right now.
Scientists believe that they may have found the first evidence of terrestrial meteorite ever.