Saturday, January 31, 2009


The Associated Press: Dino-right! Fix is in for misnamed Texas dinosaur: "SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Pleurocoelus has served ably as the official dinosaur of Texas. Sure, it was a plant-noshing herbivore in a fiercely barbecue-proud state, but the sauropod dwarfed most other dinos and lumbered with a 20-ton swagger.

Then he was exposed as an East Coaster.

The discovery in 2007 led a Fort Worth lawmaker to file a resolution in the Legislature this month that seeks to send pleurocoelus packing and transfer the state dinosaur title to a very similar but more uniquely Texas species, newly dubbed Paluxysaurus jonesi."

Hat tip to Jeff Segal.

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