As I mentioned a few weeks ago, 2010 was a huge year for dino-discoveries in Utah. There was the fantastic and fancy Kosmoceratops, the smart and crafty Geminiraptor, and a parade of others. Somehow with all this excitement I managed to miss posting about DIABLOCERATOPS, which clearly has the coolest name of a ceratopsian yet. For this I am truly sorry. You can learn more about Diabloceratops and Utah's big year at Deseret News.
In other news, the femur of a giant, unidentified herbivore was found in a quarry in southwest France:
The discovery is particularly interesting because relatively little is known about the early Cretaceous period.
The only previous finds of early Cretaceous dinosaur bones in Europe were made in the Isle of White and Spain, and in nothing like the same quantity as in Angeac-Charente, French academics say.
"This is the Sistine Chapel of palaeontology," says Jerome Royer, mayor of Jarnac, a nearby town.
Although the discovery is being hailed as the Sistine Chapel of palaeontology, commentators question whether researchers will be given the means to complete their 10-year study in a country that already has thousands of dinosaur bones gathering dust in museum cellars.
With the Parisian elite failing to fund prehistoric studies, seen as less important than disciplines such as philosophy and archeology, critics fear that a unique opportunity to reconstitute a 130-million-year-old ecosystem could be lost.
C'est la vie.