Who we gonna call? Dinosaur named for ‘Ghostbusters’ savage Zuul

By Will Dunham


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was some-more of a leg buster, though scientists have named a spiky, tank-like dinosaur that wielded a sledge-hammer tail after a illusory savage Zuul from a blockbuster film “Ghostbusters” that menaced Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and friends.

The scientists on Tuesday described fossils unearthed in a northern Montana badlands of a four-legged, plant-eating dinosaur called Zuul crurivastator that was about 20 feet (6 meters) long, weighed 2-1/2 tons and lived 75 million years ago.

Zuul belonged to a organisation of Cretaceous Period dinosaurs called ankylosaurs that were among a many heavily armored land animals ever. They were clad in bony armor from a muzzle to a finish of a tail, mostly with spikes and a tail bar that could be used to pound a legs of predators like a Tyrannosaurus rex cousin Gorgosaurus that lived alongside Zuul.

Zuul is one of a many finish and best-preserved ankylosaur ever found, including singular soothing tissue, paleontologist Victoria Arbour of a Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto said. Its fossils enclosed skin impressions and keratinous sheaths on a tail spikes.

In a 1984 movie, Zuul (pronounced ZOOL) was described as an ancient Near East demigod and seemed as a big, horned, vaguely dog-like savage with intense red eyes, possessing Sigourney Weaver’s body.

The dinosaur’s name was inspired by its skull similarities to a conduct of a “Ghostbusters” monster, Royal Ontario Museum paleontologist David Evans said.

“The skull of a new dinosaur has a short, dull snout, gnarly forehead, and dual sets of horns raised retrograde from behind a eyes, only like Zuul,” Evans said.

Aykroyd, a Ontario-born “Ghostbusters” star and co-writer, seemed in a video expelled by a museum alongside a dinosaur’s skull, holding a print of a film beast.

“We’re so respected that a Royal Ontario Museum would settle a name of this pretentious quadruped with a classification that we called a ‘terror dog’ in a movie, and that is Zuul, Z-U-U-L,” Aykroyd said.

The dinosaur’s tail, about 10 feet (3 meters) long, was an intimidating defensive weapon.

“The menacing, appearance tail of Zuul is by distant a coolest partial of a animal,” Evans said. “It has a wicked series of vast spikes during a bottom of a tail, afterwards a array of elongated, appearance spines that run a length of a tail club, and it ends in a massive, stretched club.”

The investigate was published in a biography Royal Society Open Science.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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