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Dino Rhinos

Dr. Williams here, posting again from sometime in the Mesozoic. Things at base camp have become somewhat hectic recently, due to our finding ourselves directly in the path of migrating herds of Pachyrhinosaurs. It seems that these animals take a “summer vacation” every year, following the waterways southward, which it seems put them on a direct course through our base camp. Repairs on our perimeter fence have been time consuming, and Rogers is depressed as it seems one animals bounced him off a tree and trod on the tablet containing his collection of wacky caricatures. Do you know what a Pachyrhinosaurus is? It’s a blunt-horned Ceratopsian plant-eater, from the same branch of the dinosaurian tree as the Triceratops.

For more on Pachyrhinosaurus, read here. Clean up on base camp continues. I’ll post again soon – Dr. Williams, signing off for now.

Prehistoric Dip

Dr. Williams here. I remain posted at our time expedition’s base camp, where the oppressive Mesozoic heat has begun to wear on me. Seeking a respite, I decided to join Hendrickson and a few others in a brief dip in a cool inland sea. However, a tranquil swim turned to embarrassment when a pod of Icthyosaurs happened upon us and one of them speared, and subsequently swam away with, my swim trunks, leaving me completely exposed before the other swimmers. Do you know what an Icthyosaurus is? It’s a prehistoric marine reptile, sort-of like an ancient dolphin. These animals have a playful – and annoying – side. I was forced to craft a make-shift pair of underwear out of cycads.

 

For more on Icthyosaurus, read here. I’ve returned to base camp and will report from sometime in the Mesozoic again soon. – Dr. Williams

Picture Credit: Raul Martin

Winged Sing-Along

This is Dr. Williams, happy to report that I’m recovering from my trying ordeal on the plains of the Cretaceous. Not so happily, Dr. Smuller took the opportunity to include me in one of his infamous sing-alongs, which he feels the need to inflict on the staff of our time expedition. Not only that, but half-way through, Smuller was joined by a chorus of Aetodactylus perched on the outside ledge. Do you know what an Aetodactylus is? It’s a prehistoric flying reptile, much like the better-known Pteranodon.

We have discovered that these animals have the ability to mimic human speech (or song) like parrots. Unfortunately, they show about as much musical talent as Dr. Smuller himself. For more on Aetodactylus, read here. We’re planning another observational trip in the coming days. I’ll update from sometime in the Mesozoic soon. – Dr. Williams

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