Remember when Sigourney Weaver turned into a demonic dog in "Ghostbusters"? Well, in honor of that supernatural hound from hell, a newly discovered dinosaur that kind of looks like it has been dubbed Zuul crurivastator. After the Sumerian (not Babylonian) god Zuul, of course.
Dan Aykroyd introduced the critter in a video just released by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Aykroyd (who happens to hail from Canada) says he's very honored that scientists named this "magnificent creature" after their own "terror dog" in the 1984 comedy-horror classic.
The museum describes the newly dug-up beast thusly: "Like Zuul, the new species has a short, rounded snout and prominent horns behind the eyes. The shape of the horns and the ornaments on the skull are what identified Zuul as a species new to science. Its species name, crurivastator, means 'destroyer of shins' and references the incredible weapon-like tail club found with the skeleton."
Hey! "Destroyers of shins" is what we call our glass coffee table. Curse you, crurivastator!
According to the Museum -- in a press release that sounds like it was written by Egon (the late Harold Ramis) -- the dino's tail "could inflict serious damage on opponents, such as predatory theropods or maybe even other ankylosaurs competing for mates or territory."
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