I was searching for a certain comic book panel of the Marvel super-villain, Sauron to use in a later blog post when I came across the gold nugget seen below. I’d always assumed the character was called “Sauron” in reference to being a reptile, but what this tells us is actually way more awesome; I abosutely love how this illustrates he was a nerd before being turned into a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, and as a bat-shit crazy mutant pterosaur, he’s still a nerd.
Here’s an awesome allosauroid skull from the Middle Jurassic of Yuanmou, Yunnan. The English portion of the display tag refers to this specimen, ZLJ0115, as “Yuanmouraptor.” However, if I understand the Chinese portion correctly, this critter is still undescribed.
The World Dinosaur Valley Museum had several mounted skeletons of the interesting theropod, Sinosaurus triassicus. Up until a few days ago, this critter was stuck with the erroneous moniker, Dilophosaurus sinensis.
While doing some night herping near Fukuoka, Japan last year, I found this young Pelodiscus sinensis, Chinese Softshell or スッポン (Suppon), submerged near the shore of a large pond/small lake. I’ve encountered these a few times before in the wild; however, this is the first time one permitted me to get within a few meters without bolting. Actually, this one allowed me to get so close with the camera, I wondered if I was being set-up for a finger-nipping.