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All Hail Zuul, Dino ‘Destroyer Of Shins’

If dinosaurs are only as cool as their names*, then it’s going to be hard to out-cool the newly discovered Zuul crurivastator. “Zuul” obviously comes from the Ghostbustersbaddie, who Reuters describes as a “big, horned, vaguely dog-like monster with glowing red eyes.” The skull of the new species of ankylosaur has two sets of horns, giving it a distinctively Zuul-ish look. Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd, who helped the Royal Ontario Museum introduce Zuul crurivastator to the world, says they’re “honored” to have a namesake dinosaur. Possibly even better than the Ghostbusters reference: “crurivastator” means “destroyer of shins.” This part of the dino’s name was inspired by its heavily spiked tail, which culminates in a sledgehammer-like club.

Zuul crurivastator lived 75 million years ago in what is now Montana, the Los Angeles Timesreports. It was 20 feet long, weighed about 5,500 pounds, and subsisted on a diet of plants. According to Ars Technica, the skeleton was accidentally discovered by a team digging for T. rex remains when a bulldozer clipped its tail. It’s one of the only complete ankylosaur skeletons in the world and was so well preserved the remains include mummified soft tissue and still-attached spikes. Researchers hope to use that soft tissue to figure out Zuul crurivastator‘s molecular biology

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