Meet Zuul, Destroyer Of Shins Dinosaur Species Named After Ghostbusters Monster

Posted: May 10 2017, 7:48am CDT | by , Updated: May 10 2017, 8:03am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Meet Zuul, Destroyer of Shins Dinosaur Species Named After Ghostbusters Monster
Meet Zuul crurivastator, a new armoured dinosaur! Zuul’s skeleton is one of the most complete ever found for an ankylosaur, and has an amazingly preserved spiky tail and tail club. Credit: Danielle Dufault for Royal Ontario Museum
  • A Novel Ankylosaur named named for Ghostbusters villain Zuul Destroyer of Shins has been found in Complete Form

A novel ankylosaur named Zuul destroyer of shins has been found in almost a complete form from the fossil record.

The scientific name of a dinosaur whose remains have been recently excavated is Zuul crurivastator. It has a snub snout, projections behind the eyes and on the jowls as well as a pockmarked face.

This creature resembles Zuul, a monster from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. It was termed “destroyer of shins”. This was in reference to the club-like tail of this particular ankylosaur.

The tail of this beast could inflict some serious damage on its opponents. The creature is about 75 million years old, according to ROM. Its fossils have been found from the State of Montana in the USA.

It was most probably a herbivore eating ferns and shrubs that were extant in its time. From head to tail, it measured about 6 meters and its weight was 2.5 tonnes.

This critter had a wide and broad body, a lengthy tail, was a quadruped and was encrusted with bony armour. Besides the four projections on its skull, it had flared nasal cavities.

According to Smithsonianmag, this was a species of ankylosaur that could beat you black and blue with its club-like tail and literally make your ankles sore.

One of the finders of this dinosaur immediately commented upon seeing its fossil remains that it looked like Zuul from the movie Ghostbusters. The name just kind of stuck although it was a very geeky sort of title for a dinosaur.

The fact that this ankylosaur was very well-preserved was another thing which caught the excavators’ attention. It was quickly differentiated from its other relatives in the dinosaur family.

Parts of the skin of Zuul were also preserved along with the fossil remains. This further helped in the reconstruction of a complete picture of the beast.

Although it was a plant eater, in no way was Zuul cowardly. It was an imposing behemoth that battled its predators with aggressive moves.

The term “ankle breaker” is probably a reference to its club-like tail which could inflict some heavy damage on its opponents. Much more information regarding this ankylosaur will be forthcoming in the future times.

This research appear in a paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

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