I continue to update the Compact Thescelosaurus; if you have something you'd like me to correct, just let me know. Here's a few things I expect for dinosaurs in 2016 (nothing too serious, of course):
|Another picture of the conulariid. I can't express what it was like to find this.|
There will be a new "that group". By "that group", I mean some group of dinosaurs that inexplicably produces new genus after new genus in a short period of time, to the point that humble chroniclers like myself experience a certain feeling when they see another one. It goes kind of like this: "Hey, a new—oh, another one of those." Currently, the "that group" is non-hadrosaurid iguanodonts. In the past month alone there has been Zuoyunlong, Morelladon, Datonglong, and Sirindhorna. A few years ago titanosaurs had an extended run. Ceratopsids and basal ceratopsians have done pretty well too. I suspect that basal ceratopsians are about to go on another run, but who knows? Troodontids? Basal sauropodomorphs?
After a quiet couple of years, we get something new from the Cedar Mountain Formation. It could be practically anything, given the number of rumored forms, but I'm holding out for an armored dinosaur.
One of the dinosaurs in this post will be published. Which one will it be? I'm going to guess one of the daspletosaurs, or perhaps "Lori".
It will be revealed what evil magic Ornithomimus edmontonicus has been using to make researchers forget that it is the least senior name available for the Dromicieomimus/Ornithomimus complex.
Something something Spinosaurus, something something Tyrannosaurus, something something humbug. Actually, probably lots and lots of something something Tyrannosaurus. Well, that's the divine right of kings.
Another oviraptorid will be described from a formation that already has three or more named oviraptorids. Apparently if you order one, you get a sampler pack (see also Barun Goyot Formation, Djadokhta Formation, Nanxiong Formation, Nemegt Formation).
No one will describe a stegosaurian. For shame!
There hasn't been a Triceratops/Torosaurus paper in a while; we're probably due.
Anatosaurus will get the Brontosaurus resurrection treatment. This just seems inevitable at this point.
Somebody will name a lambeosaurine. It won't have an intact crest, even though aesthetically speaking what's the point of a lambeosaurine without the crest?
What I'd *like* to see: more on clubless armored dinosaurs. The clubbed wing has done pretty well for itself of late (c.f. Victoria Arbour over at Pseudocephalus), so let's see more about their cousins. I'd also love to see a detailed specimen-level study of Stegosaurus.