About This Show
Past Time is a podcast that explores how we know what we know about the past. There's a special focus on the fossil record - it is hosted by two paleontologists - but delving into the story of the past isn't limited to dry bones. Today's paleontologists use techniques drawn from other sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Biology to figure out what extinct animals were like and how they lived.
Whether you are just starting to learn about the amazing animals that have called this planet home, or you have been fascinated by fossils for a long time, we hope you will join us as we dig into past times.
Keywords: Paleontology, Dinosaurs, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Animals, Fossils, Extinction.
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Episode 22: Matheronodon, a new dinosaur with a different kind of bite!
Dec 8 17
Matheronodon is certainly a dinosaur worthy of a bigger bite. With proportionally giant teeth strikingly different from the standard-issue ornithopod dinosaur, it is certainly one of the most important dino discoveries out of Europe this year. Better yet, the original scientific paper by Pascal Godefroit and colleagues is free to read in the journal Scientific Reports! If you’d like to learn more about Rhabdodontidae, the small but successful family of dinosaurs to which Matheronodon belongs, check out the papers in the reference list below.
The head of Matheronodon, complete with gigantic teeth in its jaws. This illustration by Lukas Panzarin reconstructs the whole head similar to other rhabdodonts, like Rhabdodon and Zalmoxes.
Museum of Matheronodon
The original specimen (pictured below) is housed at the Musée du Moulin Seigneurial in Velaux, France. I looked up the museum online, and it looks really cool. Built in an old olive mill, the exhibits include Cretaceous in Provence displays. The displays include specimens of Matheronodon contemporaries, including the sauropod Atsinganosaurus velauciensis, the crocodile Allodaposuchus, and ancient turtles. If I get a chance to visit, I’m hoping the Matheronodon teeth and jaws will be there too!