New species

Scientists have recently discovered a new species. This new species has remarkable mobility yet seems to readily succumb to gravity and suddenly and forcefully assume a lower elevational state. Scientists believe that this new species thinks on lofty levels but is considered by its co inhabitants as existing beneath the spectrum of normal operational living. Some of this species’ characteristics include quite flamboyant behavior when at the lofty levels but “burying its head in the sand” when prostrate after a sudden and it seems often unexpected decline. Sightings have been rare. Very few of the members of this subdomain group have been seen venturing out of their dwellings whereas its more bulky and cumbersome cousin, the bi-ped of the domain, is more prevalently found in the public sector. Scientists are excited about this new discovery and expect its numbers and sightings to increase almost exponentially with proper care and feeding of the species’ sense of self. They have termed the new species Unisaurus Kerplopus.

(Thanks Thom for the laugh and the inspiration!)

Species 5013

abstract from scientific paper:

A NEW UNISAURID DINOSAUR WITH INTEGUMENTARY STRUCTURES FROM NEW JERSEY
by Thom Holmes

Unisaurid dinosaurs (“plopopods”) are a little-known group of North American dinosaurs with an unusual combination of features that, until recently, obscured their evolutionary relationships. Suggested affinities include Pennyfartherids, Schwinnosaurids, Pogostickosaurids, and Ross the Riding Clown. Here is described a new unisaurid from the Hudson Formation of New Jersey. The new taxon provides additional evidence that unisaurids are nested within the Schwinnosaurid unipods. Analysis suggests that several specialized unisaurid characters, such as retractable pancake griddle, evolved independently within this group. Other characters, including the platform unidactyl pes with pins, appear to have originated within the BMX sister group of the unisaurs. Most interestingly, this new unisaur has integumentary filaments as in Sinosauropteryx. This indicates that such feather-like structures may have a broad distribution among non-avian theropods, and supports the hypothesis that the filamentous integumentary structures may be homologous to the feathers of birds.

Classification:

Saurischia Seeley 1888
Theropoda Marsh 1881
Unisauridae Benkovitz 2002
Unisaurus kerplopus gen. et sp. nov.

Etymology. From unicycle (Greek, meaning one cycle or one wheel), sauros (Greek, meaning lizard) and kerplopus (after the sound that T. Holmes makes upon dismounting the Unisaurus unexpectedly).

Holotype: University of the Roller Rink (USA), 8769, well-preserved saddle, post-saddle, elements of the right and left cranks and pes, 27 filamentous rods arranged in a circular pattern, a chromium dentary with 36 sockets, and numerous disassociated teeth (probably from Holmes).

Localities and Horizon: The specimen is from the Upper Gregory Member of the Hudson Formation in Northeastern New Jersey.