Pompousaurus Rex (ˈpämpəssɔːrəs /’reks/ ) is type of sententious dinosaur. Several species have been classified in continental North America, though only one is recognized in Canada; P. Rhodesscholarus. Originally found in the Lessest Antilles (Newfoundland), this dinosaur is a medium build, omnivorous biped with rounded back, short upper limbs, spindly lower limbs, and receding hairline. Due to the distinctive combination of broad, interminable points-of-view and tongue tipped with spikes, Pompousaurus is one of the most recognizable of the Condescending Broadcasting Character(CBC)-type dinosaur.
The function of this array of points and spikes has been the subject of much speculation among scientists, bloggers, and CBC viewers. Today, it is generally agreed that their spikes are most likely used for defense against competitors, while the points-of-view may have been used primarily for display, and secondarily for thermoregulatory functions as a critic of anthropogenic climate change. Pompousaurus has a relatively low brain-to-body mass ratio and a short neck and small head, meaning he most likely exists on a diet of low-hanging fruit.
Pompousaurus was first identified during a nationally televised event where he confronted Premier Joey Smallwood, who looms large in Newfoundland. The first known appearances were fragmentary and it would be many years before the true appearance of this animal, including the polysyllabic posturing, became well understood. The name Pompousaurus means “imperious lizard” or “ostentatious lizard”, in reference to its thorny demeanor and high brow.