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Palaeontology

Giant herbivore lived alongside dinosaurs

By T.K. Randall
November 23, 2018 · Comment icon 2 comments

This prehistoric plant-eater was larger than anyone had expected. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Nobu Tamura
Palaeontologists have discovered the fossil remains of a huge Triassic-era relative of modern mammals.
This bulky, elephant-sized herbivore, which was unearthed in southern Poland, lived 237 million years ago at a time when the largest plant-eaters on Earth were all thought to be dinosaurs.

A distant cousin of mammals, this enormous creature, which has been named Lisowicia bojani, demonstrates that herbivorous dinosaurs were not alone in achieving huge sizes.
"After this discovery, it became clear to us that we were dealing with a giant species," palaeontologist Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki from Uppsala University told Gizmodo.

"We think it's one of the most unexpected fossil discoveries from Triassic Europe."

"Who would have ever thought that there's a fossil record of such a giant, elephant-sized mammalian cousin in this part of the world?"



Source: Gizmodo | Comments (2)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible 6 years ago
Interesting.... Khloe Kardashian is also a herbivore
Comment icon #2 Posted by oldrover 6 years ago
There's some concern expressed about the weight estimate of 9 tons.


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