Mmmm, sliced Majungasaurus

Majungasaurus is one cool theropod. Not only does is have a neat, knobby skull but the numerous remains of this dinosaur allowed for an entire series of papers on it to appear in the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoirs. Although it is hardly a household name quite a bit is known about this predator from the ancient sediments of Madagascar, and the Witmer Lab has recently put up some really cool 3D animations of cutting planes through the skull of Majungasaurus;

There’s also some cool video of sagittal slices through the skull of Majungasaurus;

You can expect to be hearing more about this Madagascar monster in the near future; it is the star of the first episode of “Jurassic Fight Club” (it’s called Majungatholus in the show, now recognized to be a junior synonym). The History Channel was kind enough to give me a sneak peek at what the rest of you will be seeing on July 29th, and even though I was at first a little apprehensive given the network’s track record for poor science programming there is a lot to like about it. I still have a few gripes (surprise, surprise), but you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer before I can give you a hit-by-hit summary of the blood-spattered programming.