Dinosaur Butthole
January 20, 2021 3:49 AM   Subscribe

The first complete, preserved, fossilised dinosaur butthole has been discovered. [single link dinosaur butthole science]

(I mean I could have built a whole forest of links, but how many times can you actually type 'dinosaur butthole'?)
posted by prismatic7 (37 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
 
Will this dinosaur somehow make it into the Butthole Cut of Cats?
posted by zardoz at 3:52 AM on January 20 [5 favorites]


Christ, what a cloaca!

Thanks for posting!
posted by veggieboy at 3:55 AM on January 20 [11 favorites]


I wish to one day be as excited by something—anything—as this paleontologist is about this, and I quote, "Swiss Army knife of excretory openings"
posted by jklaiho at 5:09 AM on January 20 [10 favorites]


HISTORICAL CLOACA OF NOTE
posted by rmd1023 at 5:33 AM on January 20 [4 favorites]


The subhead is perfection:
This was a multipurpose hole.
I also really enjoyed the brief mention of dinosaur butthole content (sorry, "cloacal vent data") theft towards the end of the article. Outrageous!
posted by fight or flight at 5:38 AM on January 20 [2 favorites]


Chuck Tingle is going to find inspiration in this.
posted by Ber at 5:40 AM on January 20 [13 favorites]


No, you’re a complete, preserved, fossilized dinosaur butthole!
posted by delicious-luncheon at 5:46 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Is this the final POTUS45 thread?
posted by acb at 5:53 AM on January 20 [30 favorites]


The subhead is perfection:

Looks like everybody is having fun with this. The NYT went with "Finally in 3-D: A Dinosaur’s All-Purpose Orifice".
posted by trig at 6:18 AM on January 20 [2 favorites]


Came here for the Chuck Tingle reference, was not disappointed.
posted by dazedandconfused at 6:39 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Quoth Dr. Tingle:
thank you to everyone who has tagged man name of chuck in this article. although i could have told you this already it is nice to see science finally catching up with the worlds greatest author
posted by fight or flight at 6:43 AM on January 20 [21 favorites]


More startling than the anus is that well-preserved tuft of furze springing up from the tail. I am only gradually getting used to the shock of feathered dinosaurs. Some part of me still can't get my head around it. It is helpful to have this fossilized proof that dinosaur feathers were real and that wishing won't make them go away.
posted by Modest House at 6:51 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


I would like to point out that one does not click on a link like this, one surfs it.
posted by Catblack at 6:57 AM on January 20 [8 favorites]


This is my Or Face.
posted by srboisvert at 7:14 AM on January 20


"crocodile cloaca"

say that three times fast
posted by chavenet at 7:25 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Yay, it's going to be a good day when it starts with this, thanks for posting!
posted by lemonade at 7:39 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


unlike some birds that bump butts

this phrase will never escape my mind palace
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 7:42 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


how much further into 2021 before Dinosaur Butthole is opening for Fossilized Poop?

and what would that sound like?
posted by elkevelvet at 8:10 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I love this type of content and am grateful to Metasphincter for supplying it.
posted by Omnomnom at 8:23 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Even though I haven't yet RTFA, I've been highly entertained by this thread's comments!
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:28 AM on January 20


After much delay, I'm waiting for Dinosaur Butthole to drop their first album, Coprolite. Also, I appreciate the article's tone of dinosaur body positivity.
posted by sillyman at 9:02 AM on January 20 [2 favorites]


WHAT WHAT

in the cloaca
posted by GuyZero at 9:08 AM on January 20 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: shedding light where the sun don't shine.
posted by lathrop at 9:23 AM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: shedding light where the sun don't shine.

Actually:
Metafilter: shedding light where the sun ain't shone for 66 million years.
posted by beagle at 10:20 AM on January 20 [2 favorites]


I did not know one could become "an expert on vertebrate penises and copulatory systems." Today just keeps getting better.
posted by bassomatic at 10:31 AM on January 20 [5 favorites]


I enjoyed everything about this article, and all the comments.
posted by BekahVee at 11:54 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I wonder what's inside your (dinosaur) butthole.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:37 PM on January 20


I did not know one could become "an expert on vertebrate penises and copulatory systems."

This is so clearly an invitation to a "your mom" joke.
posted by fiercecupcake at 12:44 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


Ok, like... I just got done trying to explain to my toddler about animals getting stuck in amber and how now we know dinosaurs have feathers. Anyways, I'm sure this will be super exciting, but I feel like now we're going to be talking about buttholes for the next week* straight.

* year
posted by Phredward at 1:41 PM on January 20 [5 favorites]


Butts lol
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 1:55 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


So having sex could possibly scramble an egg? This is a pretty good argument against intelligent design.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 7:55 PM on January 20


I did not know one could become "an expert on vertebrate penises and copulatory systems." Today just keeps getting better.

There is a woman who volunteers at the Field Museum in Chicago who is a expert in spider genitalia.
posted by srboisvert at 8:03 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


So February is starting early this year...
posted by blue shadows at 9:02 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Illustrating butt-sniffing dinosaurs has got to be assigned by seniority to the dinosaur-illustrators, or there will be blood.
posted by away for regrooving at 11:05 PM on January 20 [2 favorites]


The author of the NYT piece linked by trig had an absolute field day with alliteration. I am delighted by the tone of that article -- the author is clearly enjoying the subject and how ridiculous(ly awesome) it is, but is not dipping into the type of scatological humor I tend to find offputting.
posted by Metasyntactic at 1:19 AM on January 21


The nicest quote:

It does look a bit like the back opening on a crocodile, he said, but it's different in some ways. "It's its own cloaca, shaped in its perfect, unique way," Vinther said.
posted by tiny frying pan at 6:54 AM on January 21 [2 favorites]


Sadly Srboisvert, all the links in that Scientific American article are 404s but boy what a fascinating
pastime!


https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/internet-porn-fills-gap-in-spider-taxonomy/

shall google more!
posted by Wilder at 4:01 AM on January 22


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