Our mental images of dinosaurs always place them in temperate climates. Warm, equatorial areas, really. Wearing dinosaur leis and drinking dinosaur tiki drinks while staring out at a soothing dinosaur ocean.
That’s because we know dinosaurs to be cold-blooded. They needed to live where it was warm to survive, like your friend who moves to Los Angeles then spends all of Thanksgiving back on the East Coast bitching.
But what if dinosaurs lived in cold climates. Like up near the North Pole. Wearing dino North Face and drinking dinosaur hot toddys.
A Florida State University and University of Alaska Fairbanks research team says it has uncovered a new species of duck-billed dinosaur.
Researchers say that during the time the dinosaurs were alive, Alaska was covered in tress and Earth’s climate was much warmer as a whole. However, the dinosaurs still likely dealt with months of winter darkness, and saw some snow, researchers say.
Researchers say the Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, which means ancient grazer of the Colville River, was the northernmost dinosaurs known to have ever lived.
This discovery of this 30-foot long fossil could complete shift our understanding.
“The finding of dinosaurs this far north challenges everything we thought about a dinosaur’s physiology,” said FSU Professor of Biological Science Greg Erickson. “It creates this natural question. How did they survive up here?”
And why were they so stupid to live there when there was plenty of beautiful, warmer land elsewhere?
Dinosaurs. Even dumber than we once thought.