Top 22 Dinosaur Discoveries of 2022

I Know Dino: The Big Dinosaur Podcast

Dec 30 2022 • 1 hr 18 mins

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Dinosaur of the day Hanssuesia, a pachycephalosaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta that was once considered a troodontid.

Our top stories of 2022:

  • Best soft tissue: Dakota the Edmontosaurus mummy
  • Best soft tissue honorable mention #1: Dinosaur intestines
  • Best soft tissue honorable mention #2: Sauropod skin (goosebumps)
  • Best paleopathology study: Dolly the sauropod respiratory infection
  • Earliest sauropod of the year: Mbiresaurus
  • Largest megaraptorid of the year: Maip
  • Keeping the debate going: Torosaurus considered valid
  • Biggest movies/shows of the year: Jurassic World: Dominion and Prehistoric Planet
  • Most misunderstood dinosaur: Dodo
  • Our favorite new segment: The Dinosaur Connection Challenge: Connecting dinosaurs to sandwiches
  • Best news for Ubirajara fans in Brazil: Ubirajara returning to Brazil
  • Best dinosaur embryo: Baby Yingliang
  • Best early thyreophoran: Jakapil
  • Best stegosaur: New stegosaur Bashanosaurus
  • Furthest reaching dinosaur story: glass beads on the moon from craters that hit earth
  • Best T. rex study(s): Presentations at SVP that Tyrannosaurs had tiny arms before they had huge heads
  • Smallest sauropod of the year: Ibirania
  • Best new herbivore: Stegouros
  • Best new herbivore honorable mention: Ankylosaur: Yuxisaurus
  • Best new carnivore: New carcharodontosaurid Meraxes
  • BONUS: Stromer's Riddle but with mosasaurs

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