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Episode 400: Michael Benton and Hateg Island

Episode 400: Michael Benton and Hateg Island. Michael Benton joins us to debate Hateg Island, dwarf dinosaurs, new methods in paleontology, and extra

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Michael Benton, paleontologist and professor of vertebrate paleontology within the College of Earth Sciences on the College of Bristol. He has written over 400 scientific papers and greater than 50 books, about a variety of subjects, together with animals within the Triassic, extinction occasions, and the Hateg Basin. His most up-to-date books are “The Dinosaurs Rediscovered” and “Dinosaurs, New visions of a misplaced world



The “dinosaur of the day”: Hateg Island

  • Hateg Island was a big island within the Late Cretaceous situated within the Tethys Sea, between Laurasia and Gondwana. It’s identified for its basal dwarf dinosaurs, in addition to one very giant apex predator (that’s not a dinosaur, however might be simply as terrifying).
  • A few of the dinosaurs embody:
    • Balaur
    • Bradycneme
    • Elopteryx
    • Enantiornithes
    • Gargantuavis
    • Heptasteornis
    • Magyarosaurus
    • Paludititan
    • “Struthiosaurus” transilvanicus
    • Telmatosaurus
    • Zalmoxes
  • In fact, we will’t discuss dwarf dinosaurs and Hateg Island with out mentioning the Baron Franz Nopcsa, a rich man with many pursuits who pioneered a whole lot of dinosaur evaluation and theories, and was one of many first individuals to have a look at extra than simply the bones of the dinosaurs, just like the biology of dinosaurs.
  • Two major sources for this episode:
    • “Traveler, Scholar, Political Adventurer: The memoirs of Franz Nopcsa” (not likely about his work on dinosaurs, however attention-grabbing about his life)
    • “Dinosaurs and the island rule: The dwarfed dinosaurs from Hateg Island”, by Michael Benton and others, revealed in 2010

Enjoyable Reality:

An elephant species that migrated to a number of Mediterranean islands would be the inspiration for the Cyclops of the Odyssey.

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