|Thanos, the Mad Titan, disappointed with his namesake.|
|That sure is a fossil.|
To my mind, you don't just stick the name Thanos on any old fossil that comes out of the ground. You save it for a fossil that justifies the name. Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. He has a very distinctive face marked with furrows. He is the Avengers' greatest foe, and one of the medium's most enduring villains, period. You don't give his name to a partially-preserved atlas-axis complex.
|"Are you kidding me with this shit?"|
YOU DON'T HAVE TO NAME THESE THINGS.
It really feels like Delcourt had the name "Thanos" in his back pocket, ready to deploy as soon as a new abelisaurid turned up whether or not the name fit the specimen. That's kind of how I feel about Etrigansauria, too, because Etrigan the Demon is not a great namesake for the Neoceratosauria. Why? Because only two members of the Neoabelisauridae have horns: Ceratosaurus towards the bottom and Carnotaurus at the top, and those horns are not homologous. Horns are the exception, not the rule when it comes to Neoabelisaurids. Ironically, "Thanosauria" would've been a far more apt name, as most abelisaurids are characterized by rugose, furrowed skull bones. Delcourt wants to name dinosaurs after comic book characters, and this is a practice I fully endorse, but don't just do it willy-nilly; please, for the love of Arceus, make sure the animal(s) fits the name.
|This is apparently what Thanos looked like.|
I can't wait to read about Darkseid, the holotype of which will be a frontal bone.