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Scientists Name Newly ID'd Dino for Ghostbusters Monster

The museum says scientists picked the name Zuul based on the features of its head, which includes a short, rounded snout and prominent horns behind the eyes

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    FILE PHOTO -- In this November 29, 1983, Bill Murray, foreground, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver are seen in front of a statue of the monster Zuul on the set of "Ghostbusters" in Burbank, California. Scientists in Canada announced May 9, 2017, that they had named a newly-identified dinosaur Zuul crurivastator in reference to the monster in the film.

    Scientists in Toronto have named a newly identified dinosaur after a monster from the original "Ghostbusters" film.

    The Royal Ontario Museum says it acquired the skeleton of Zuul crurivastator (ZOOL' crer-uh-vas-TAYT'-or) last year. The name references Zuul, a dog-like monster that terrorizes characters played by Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis in the 1984 movie. The museum says scientists picked the name Zuul based on the features of its head, which includes a short, rounded snout and prominent horns behind the eyes.

    The skeleton of the armored dinosaur was excavated from the Judith River Formation in Montana. Scientists say it's one of the best preserved ankylosaurs ever found, with a complete skull and tail club and preserved soft tissues.


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