Ezra

About Ezra

D. Ezra Sidran, PhD, fell in love with dinosaurs when he was four years old. There is a scratchy vinyl record of him at about this age talking about dinosaurs; confidently pronouncing four and five syllable words. At that age his greatest desire was to become a paleontologist like his hero, Roy Chapman Andrews, the discoverer of dinosaur eggs in Mongolia and frequently cited as the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Sadly, when he received his PhD from the University of Iowa it was in Computer Science, not Paleontology. However, Sidran, who is known for his work in computer models, simulations and computer games, relied on his life-long study of dinosaurs in 1987 to create his award-winning Designasaurus game. Since then he has written over twenty-five computer games. He is also the author of the book, “The Theory of Games.”

New Research: Varied Diets in Dinosaurs Promoted Coexistence

Ceratopsidae, a family of thick-skulled, horned dinosaurs, including the well-known Triceratops, had teeth that functioned as shears, suggesting that they consumed particularly tough plants

Ceratopsidae, a family of thick-skulled, horned dinosaurs, including the well-known Triceratops, had teeth that functioned as shears, suggesting that they consumed particularly tough plants

In an article recently published in PLOS ONE, University of Calgary researcher, and friend of Dinosaur Island, Dr. Jordan Mallon, explains how dinosaur teeth give us insight into the varied diets of dinosaurs and how they co-exited for hundreds of millions of year in a complex ecosystem (the very theme of Dinosaur Island). Link to write-up about the article here. Link to the PLOS ONE article here.

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Dinosaur Island supports T. rex hunting in packs

Dinosaur Island already supports making T. rex pack hunters.

Dinosaur Island already supports making T. rex pack hunters.

New research recently published in PLOS (“A ‘Terror of Tyrannosaurs’: The First Trackways of Tyrannosaurids and Evidence of Gregariousness and Pathology in Tyrannosauridae” link here) indicates that a ‘cousin’ of the T. rex hunted in packs. Dinosaur Island already supports this behavior by allowing the user to specify that the T. rex is a ‘Meat Hunter’ and in a herd (which can be either matriarchal or patriarchal).

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