The colorful Dino Mugs may look like your average kitchenware, but secretly, they have ceramic dinosaurs waiting to be uncovered. Each ombré cup features one of three origami-style dinosaurs—an orange T.rex, a gray Triceratops, or a green Diplodocus—whose head hovers over your drink like a sea monster (or this Nessie tea infuser). Packaged in matching boxes, the containers are sold individually on Firebox for $19.
Argentinosaurus and Dreadnoughtus have got nothing on the Patagotitan mayorum. This newly named species of titanosaur is being called the world's largest dinosaur (and animal) to ever walk on land.
The long-necked herbivore, which weighed an estimated 69 tons—the equivalent of 12 African elephants—and measured 120 feet long, was discovered by an Argentinian rancher back in 2014. It made waves again last year when a model of its skeleton was added to the American Museum of Natural History, alongside its original fossilized femur.
Now, with a newly minted scientific name, the Patagotitan mayorum is on full display in National Geographic's recent video. You can take a gander at this stunningly complete specimen below:
Dinosaurs Were Plagued By Parasites (Their Fossilized Dino Poop Tells Us So)
BY Kirstin Fawcett
August 18, 2017
Even mighty prehistoric giants like Tyrannosaurus rex were plagued with parasites, according to Gross Science host Anna Rothschild. In the video below, Rothschild explains how scientists have discovered evidence of several types of creepy critters inside fossilized dinosaur poop, including flatworm and roundworm eggs, and cysts resembling those of present-day amoebas.
Ancient parasites might have afflicted more than just the dinosaurs’ guts, too: For example, scientists have found a biting fly with a malaria-like parasite inside its intestines, preserved in 100 million-year-old amber. This fly may have once fed on dinosaurs, meaning dinos may have suffered from the same infectious disease as humans. Meanwhile, another variety of parasite may have caused T. rex to develop flesh-eating ulcers in their mouths and esophaguses. Some researchers even believe that dinosaurs could have had giant tapeworms snaking their way through their intestines.
As scientists continue to dig up dino poop, they may discover even more pesky organisms inside the prehistoric dung. In the meantime, take consolation in the fact that even the fiercest creatures that likely ever walked the planet weren't above the tiniest indignities of nature.