There's no denying that Thanos is a titan within the Marvel film universe. Played with conviction by Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinite War, the evil purple, tormented, planet-destroyer and killer of the Avenger certainly made a good impression, and the damage he did in the blockbuster this summer will be followed next year. Avengers sequel However, as fans continue to speculate on whether and how everyone's favorite characters will save the world after the devastating impact has left the universe in tatters, Thanos has also impacted fossil science. Now there is a dinosaur with your name on it.
As reported by Taylor & Francis Online, the remains of an undiscovered dinosaur were discovered in 2014 by Sérgio Luis Simonatto and his group of scientists. In doing more research, the team confirmed earlier this year that the fossils were a brachythera abelisaurid. While the dinosaur was not considered a predator, the scientists decided to name the dinosaur Thanos Simonattoi, apparently after the popular Marvel villain who first appeared in comic books in 1973 before becoming known worldwide. Avengers: Infinite War.
Unfortunately, in addition to becoming a household name after the mega-popular movie that came out earlier this year, it does not appear that this prehistoric discovery has shared any particular connection to the enemy crossing the galaxy. In fact, if the dinosaur were still out there today – and multiples Jurassic Park movies told us that dinosaurs walking today would be a very Bad thing – it does not sound like Thanos Simonattoi could carry the imposing gauntlet containing all the stones of infinity since his arms would be tiny and weak.
It should be noted that Thanos Simonattoi is not the first dinosaur to be named after a comic book character. In 2015, there was a dinosaur that was later discovered to be a cousin of the triceratops was named – or at least dubbed – after Hellboy due to its horned appearance. (Even if, ironically, Hellboy does not have horns, no more, at least.) But, hey, that did not stop them then and we do not think it's going to stop them now.
It is not confirmed when the dinosaur existed and where he lived during his time on this planet. But it is believed that the fossil was from the late Cretaceous period, which is where Brazil is currently located. And although it was not the biggest and fairest of dinosaurs in the whole land, Thanos Simonattoi was still a carnivore, so you would not want to mess with it. So you do not finish dinner for the night. In that sense, it makes sense to name the dinosaur after the Marvel villain who (SPOILERS) apparently took more than a few Marvel characters to his death. At least until the next Avengers.
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