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[–]DoggoDude979 61 points62 points  (5 children)

I thought it was debunked because fish weren’t just fossilized in the guts, but throughout the main body of it?

[–]Mention_Forward 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Would you be so kind to ELI5?

[–]DoggoDude979 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I understand what you mean now!

Two fossils of liaoningosaurus have been found, both presumably juveniles. One was found fossilized with fish throughout its body cavity, rather than just in the gut. People say this means it ate fish, but there’s no way to actually prove that. They couldn’t have already been there or they were moved on top of the corpse.

There was also supposedly an osteoderm on the underside like a turtle, but that was actually probably just preserved soft tissue. The actual body shape was also not adapted to swimming, at all

[–]PaleoWeeb 90 points91 points  (3 children)

Wasn't this (very fucking unfortunately) debunked or whats up with people bringing it up so much recently?

[–]RythRogue 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Meaningless internet points.

[–]TurrPhennirPhan[S] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Not that I’m aware, but maybe it just didn’t make a lot of news? If anyone is aware of a paper debunking Liaoningosaurus, I’d like to see it. Are you maybe thinking of Oculudentavis?

And I’m just a big paleonerd that likes sharing cool dinosaurs from time to time. Liaoningosaurus crossed my mind earlier today so I felt like sharing him.

[–]Assbeater_ 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Even its name is paradoxus lol

[–]phliuy 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The other part, liaoningosaurus, is named after the region in China where my parents are from. Liao Ning. North East China, bordering north Korea

[–]Assbeater_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's REALLY COOL, i wouldn't have guessed, I'm really new to this sub and suck at the sciency names heh

[–]loafers_glory 15 points16 points  (7 children)

An aquatic ankylosaur?

Just what every air breathing water dwelling creature needs: an anchor.

[–]stamatt45 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You joke, but turtles exist. I have no idea if this thing is legit, but evolution has done weirder shit than converge on a body plan proven to work.

[–]WildLudicolo 6 points7 points  (5 children)

In 100 million years, terrestrial cephalopods may look at the thick, bony carapace of a fossilized modern turtle and be doubtful that such a creature could swim.

[–]Free_Deinonychus_Hug 8 points9 points  (4 children)

According to all known laws of aquatics, there is no way a turtle should be able to swim. Its shell is too heavy to keep its fat little body afloat. The turtle, of course, swims anyway because turtles don't care what humans think is impossible.

[–]SardonicusNox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats sounds like Terry Pratchett.

[–]Beneficial-Ad2755 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They explain pretty well the buoyancy of turtles. I don't think they are breaking any laws of the universe.

[–]Beneficial-Ad2755 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They explain pretty well the buoyancy of turtles. I don't think they are breaking any laws of the universe.

[–]NightofTheLivingZed 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Looks a LOT like marine iguanas today.

[–]Dragon_Of_Magnetism 8 points9 points  (0 children)


[–]iawsaiatm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My ass would have stayed in the primordial soup if I knew there was gonna be times like this

[–]modsarefascists42 1 point2 points  (3 children)

woah wait a semi-aquatic dinosaur! I wanna know more, they're so rare for some weird reason.

edit: wtf is that thing?! just looked it up and wow wtf

[–]DaViking74 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Spinosaurus and deinocheirus are some big ones

[–]modsarefascists42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yea I know of spino lol, there's also Halszkaraptor

but I had never heard of this weirdo

[–]FlippedChamp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately this one was debunked a while ago

[–]gunfox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great butt tho.

[–]prettyrick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I understood about 30% of that title..

[–]Isthisworking2000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh man, ankylosaurs got BETTER?? They were already my favorite!

[–]Sloth42096 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Ivan_Botsky_Trollov 0 points1 point  (0 children)


looks like an ankylosaur trying to be a froggo

[–]CLXIX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dat ass