As Alex Ovechkin has cemented his status as an NHL legend, he has seen his brand extended to almost everything. He’s repped sticks, checking accounts, ear buds, and his own clothing line. Madame Tussauds has honored him with a wax figure. When we thought the Ovechkin brand couldn’t go any further, Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin named a meteor after him and it went into outer space.
Now, according to reader Rianna H., the White Post, Va., amusement park, Dinosaur Land, has also honored the Russian machine in its own obtuse way: by hosting a statue of the esteemed Oviraptor on its grounds.
Yes. An Oviraptor.
— rianna (@ratherbnappin) September 6, 2015
First discovered by George Olsen and named in 1924 by Henry Fairfield Osborn, the theropod dinosaur got its name because scientists at first believed the Oviraptor stole other animals’ eggs. That idea was later disproven. From the Latin, ovi means “of or relating to eggs.”
The Oviraptor lived in the late Cretaceous period, which for you noobs who don’t know prehistory, was about 75 million years ago.
The Oviraptor resembled an ostrich. A sick, unbelievable ostrich.
Illustration via Wikipedia.
But there’s more! From ScienceViews.com:
The Oviraptor was a strange dinosaur and was one of the most birdlike. The features in its ribs were stiff and very much like today’s birds. It was likely feathered as many of its relatives are. Also the find made in the 1990s of a Oviraptor in a brooding position suggest that it had feathered arms similar to wings in order to cover the nest. It was originally thought to be an egg stealer but it was later determined that the eggs, thought to be stolen, were its own eggs and the dinosaur was a brooder. It had a short snout and a toothless beak. Because of the Oviraptor’s lack of teeth it is unknown what it ate, however, being a theropod it was most likely to be at least partially carnivorous. It had hands with three claws each as well as three toes on each foot. It’s tail was long and stiff giving it great speed when it ran.
So lemme get this straight: analysts tried to character assassinate this dinosaur and it had “a lack of teeth” and gr8 speed? That’s totally Ovi.
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