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New "thunder-thighs" dinosaur discovered

By T.K. Randall
February 24, 2011 · Comment icon 12 comments

Image Credit: Gerhard Boeggemann
The fossil remains of a new long-necked sauropod dinosaur have been discovered in a quarry in Utah.
Named Brontomerus mcintoshi or "thunder-thighs" the new dinosaur was named after its hugely powerful thigh muscles that are thought to have been used to kick away predators or to help traverse rough terrain. The fossil remains were found alongside an infant of the same species.
Brontomerus lived about 110 million years ago, during the Early Cretaceous Period, and probably had to contend with fierce "raptors" such as Deinonychus and Utahraptor. The new species is described in a paper recently published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica by an international team of scientists from Britain and the US.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by aquatus1 14 years ago
Love how they still are discovering new dinosaurs. Thanks for this. Oh, we will be doing that for quite some time. I do find the article amusing though. "A member of the long-necked sauropod group of dinosaurs which includes Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus, Brontomerus may have used its powerful thighs as a weapon to kick predators, or to help travel over rough, hilly terrain, experts believe." So it used its thighs as...legs, basically.
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Fluffs 14 years ago
Nice find.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Evilution13 14 years ago
Yes they just keep digging them up. The more the merrier I say.
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
The National Geographic channel is showcasing documentaries of all sorts concerning dinosaurs this week. It's Dino Week I watched a few last night and it was showing all the strange evolutions from different species. Spinosaur FTW!
Comment icon #7 Posted by ScrooLoose 14 years ago
Read something a while back that said that some scientists think that up to a third of all known dinosaurs never actually existed at all and that they are younger/older versions of animals previously found. It said that a lot of young animals looked nothing like the adult versions.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Valguss 14 years ago
hehehe, so when i call a chick Thunder thighs they'll take it the way they wanna take it.. but now i got a new meaning for it! muahaha.. imma get slapped.
Comment icon #9 Posted by aquatus1 14 years ago
Yeah, I don't think the new definition is going to help matters any for you there.
Comment icon #10 Posted by morganharmony 14 years ago
aw
Comment icon #11 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
hehehe, so when i call a chick Thunder thighs they'll take it the way they wanna take it.. but now i got a new meaning for it! muahaha.. imma get slapped. You're a natural casanova.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Cherry- 14 years ago
I wish they never got extinct.


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