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Palaeontology

Colossal new dinosaur species discovered

September 4, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments



The dinosaur would have dwarfed even the largest predators. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Gerhard Boeggemann
The enormous prehistoric reptile was so massive that it weighed the same as seven Tyrannosaurus rex.
Known as Dreadnoughtus schrani, which means "fear nothing", the huge dinosaur is the latest entry in the supermassive group of sauropod dinosaurs known as the titanosaurs.

With its gigantic neck and tail the species is believed to have measured at least 85ft in length and would have weighed 65 tons - the same as 12 elephants. The skeleton, which was unearthed in southern Patagonia, is the most complete of its type ever found.
"Every day is about taking in enough calories to nourish this house-sized body," said lead author Kenneth Lacovara. "I imagine their day consists largely of standing in one place."

"You have this 37-foot-long neck balanced by a 30-foot-long tail in the back. Without moving your legs, you have access to a giant feeding envelope of trees and fern leaves."

The species is thought to have lived approximately 77 million years ago and is a contendor for the largest and heaviest land animal to ever walk the face of the Earth.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by FollowTheTrail 8 years ago
Just wow!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago
The dinosaur, whose scientific name means "fear nothing" and is nicknamed "Dread," is described in the latest issue of Scientific Reports. Dread measured 85 feet long and weighed about 65 tons I don't think I would fear anything either if I was that size There's a video in this link - http://www.telegraph...-look-puny.html
Comment icon #12 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 8 years ago
Next, Japanese paleontologists announce the discovery of the even larger "Yamatosaurus."
Comment icon #13 Posted by EllJay 8 years ago
Next, Japanese paleontologists announce the discovery of the even larger "Yamatosaurus." Yeah, but I hope we don't get a Bismarckosaurus etc. This battleship-metaphors **** just has to go. And maybe in the future, when we could travel to distant planets we found one with at size of our sun, and we dig up long dead beasts with lengths and widths of like 6 kilometers, and weighs some 85 million metric tons. Then we probably have names like Galaxyosaurus etc.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Frank Merton 8 years ago
It looks like the thing just didn't know to stop growing and killed itself being too big.
Comment icon #15 Posted by taniwha 8 years ago
Hey Frank long time no see, been missing your input for a while.
Comment icon #16 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
Hey Frank long time no see, been missing your input for a while. I did not ...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Frank Merton 8 years ago
I did not ... I think he was talking to me, but who knows. I am in the States for some medical tests, and was out of circulation for awhile.
Comment icon #18 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 years ago
It's alright Frank, I am a mule aujourd'hui!
Comment icon #19 Posted by FizzPuff 8 years ago
That's cool even today we are still discovering things like this.


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