It's official. "Otto"
, the exquisite juvenile theropod specimen that tantalizingly surfaced last year
has been published under the name Sciurumimus albersdoerferi
. (Anyone else glad they didn't jump on one of its rumored names floating around earlier in the year, "Xaveropterus"? Always wait for the paper.
The big news about this one, aside from being a wonderfully preserved juvenile specimen, is that it is (maybe) a megalosauroid that preserves feathers! Sadly, as glad as I am to see this finally out, it did not push me to "yes-yes-yes" territory considering that the beans were all spilled last year when it was initially revealed.
Edit: According to
Dr. Oliver Rauhut, the lead author on the description of Sciurumimus
, the nickname "Otto" was never used for this specimen by those working on it and appears to be another internet rumor. So much for me gloating about not using "Xaveropterus"!