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Remains of giant dinosaur found in Antarctica

December 22, 2011 | Comment icon 24 comments



Image Credit: Gerhard Boeggemann
The fossil remains were that of a gigantic Titanosaur that would have roamed the Earth 70m years ago.
While fossils of large sauropod dinosaurs have been found all over the world it is the first time that they've been found in the Antarctic. "Our finding indicates that advanced titanosaurs achieved a global distribution at least by the Late Cretaceous," said Dr Ignacio Alejandro Cerda. It is thought that some titanosaurs would have reached a staggering 100ft in height.
Titanosaurs were sauropods - four-legged herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails. Their remains have been found around the world but this is the first evidence they may have roamed Antarctica.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (24)



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Comment icon #15 Posted by bulveye 10 years ago
I have been expecting for some good finds from the Antarctic, just a difficult place to search. Thinking about places like Lake Vostok, the Lake water there may have been isolated from modern atmosphere for possibly as long as 15-20 million years. If we find good specimens of Wooly Mammoth in permafrost, I wonder what secrets Antarctica might hold in it's icy depths? The reason there is a lake there is that under the lake is a giant spaceship still giving off heat from the engines that are ticking over! There is a monster in it that absorbs living creatures and can mimic them! Totally 100% tru... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Princess Serenity 10 years ago
Titanosaurs and sauropods were considered the largest dinosaurs ever, although specifically, the largest dinosaur ever was a Sauropod called Amphicoelias, it could have grown to as much as 200ft and 120 metric tonnes, in comparison the largest titanosaurs and sauropods, were anywhere from 60ft-110ft and 100 tonnes in weight. Hope that helps He is a pic for comparison http://thexodirectory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Comparing-Amphicoelias-Fragillimus-red-from-other-dinosaurs-and-human.png Amphicoelias is in red, rest are other large sauropods. Thanks. Holy! That is huge! O_O;
Comment icon #17 Posted by Cassea 10 years ago
How is it possible for it to be so big? I've heard numerous stories. That animals can only get so big. Before their weight would crush them.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Lilly 10 years ago
So did the massive ones not have a bit in their genetic code that stopped them from growing. 120 tonnes is so big I can't picture a creature that big im my head. Wonder how big its prick was. Actually, male dinosaurs may not have had a penis (at least in the sense that mammals do). See link here for details.
Comment icon #19 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Jimmy Hoffa? (joking) Likewise, our oceans and seas must be a treasure trove but as you say, tis very difficult to recover said treasure when you have the elements and environment working against you. Maybe a whole Mafia stash? I am sure that the ocean floors hold many surprises and wonderful discoveries, but I was thinking the ice might even preserve something that we have not seen before. I Figure that ice might have some neat surprises suspended in it.
Comment icon #20 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
The reason there is a lake there is that under the lake is a giant spaceship still giving off heat from the engines that are ticking over! There is a monster in it that absorbs living creatures and can mimic them! Totally 100% true as I saw it on a movie style documentary called 'The Thing'. I am afraid that is no true at all, it is an urban legend. Supermans Fortress of Solitude is the only Alien structure out there.
Comment icon #21 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Actually, male dinosaurs may not have had a penis (at least in the sense that mammals do). See link here for details. Wow! Stands to reason, but who would have thunk it! I think you need one of these to pass out.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Lilly 10 years ago
Yeah, kind of a case of: "Big dinosaur, Small..." You get the picture!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mantis914 10 years ago
The reason there is a lake there is that under the lake is a giant spaceship still giving off heat from the engines that are ticking over! There is a monster in it that absorbs living creatures and can mimic them! Totally 100% true as I saw it on a movie style documentary called 'The Thing'. "Who Goes There" is such an awesome book! Not to take away from the films except for the latest remake which I haven't seen...
Comment icon #24 Posted by Abramelin 10 years ago
The Blue Whale still holds that title. Yeah, if it grows legs first and starts walking on land, lol.


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