Back in May I was 100% jazzed by the news that paleontologists named a newly-discovered ankylosaur species Zuul after the terror dog from the original Ghostbusters movie. A paleo spin on my favorite franchise? YES, HAVE SOME.
Here’s an artist’s rendering of the newly-named pupper (image courtesy Royal Ontario Museum):
And here’s Zuul itself in Terror Dog form (image courtesy Columbia Pictures):
I can see the resemblance.
The dino’s full name is Zuul crurivastator. The species name is Latin for “destroyer of shins,” a nod to the animal’s clubbed tail. This Zuul was a herbivore, but at its size (as heavy as a rhino and as long as a pickup truck), it would probably do even more damage to Louis Tully’s apartment than the fictional keymaster version.
Next can we have a Slimersaurus Rex?