For right now, it’s just a collection of assorted bones from different individual dinos, but it’s enough to make paleontologists think they may have discovered the largest dinosaur— the largest creature— to ever roam the Earth.
The fossilized thigh bone, along with an arm bone, indicate a creature that wasn’t merely 130 feet long but also 60 feet tall. Which leads our paleo pals to the conclusion that these are the remains of a heretofore unknown variety of titanosaur, a type of very large, herbivorous dino with a small head and humungous body. This new specimen, the researchers say, was seven tons heavier than the previous record holder.
Most of the time when dinosaur skeletons are found, scientists are lucky to find the bones in any sort of arrangement even remotely resembling a skeleton. Time and geology and whatever else usually rearranges bones, heaps one dino’s bones on another… it’s a big mess. So it was astounding when a dig in Mexico revealed the skeletal remains of a tail that are nearly as perfectly placed as when the dinosaur was alive.
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Everyone knows that if you’re being chased by a dinosaur, the best thing you can do is get in a boat and row away, because obviously, dinosaurs can’t swim. Except some of them could, specifically, a kind of tyrannosaur that was apparently fond of swimming across rivers. Where’s your dino god now?
First it was dinosaurs with wings, now some paleontologists think that some dinosaurs might have fed their offspring with milk, or at least a milk-like substance rich in antibodies and growth hormones. Some birds like flamingos and penguins do it, so it’s actually not that much of a stretch to think that some dinos may have as well.
Disney’s ‘Dinosaurs’ was a low point in Disney’s history, even though it was one of their first non-Pixar computer animated films. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get over dinosaurs with human-like teeth. That just bugged the shit out of me. But now it looks like I was wrong— there apparently was at least one dinosaur that had creepy human teeth.
When 11 year old cousins Eric Stamatin and Andrew Gainariu went fishing, it was supposed to be like any kid’s fishing trips, but instead of bringing home a big fish, the two boys ended up discovering a 13,000 year old mastodon bone. And mastodons are definitely cooler than pond fish.
When things like dinosaur bones come out of the ground, after they’re neatly packed and labeled, they often go into storage either at a museum or university to await study. And sometimes, they sit there in storage for a really long time before anyone knows exactly what was found. Case in point is a dinosaur skeleton 10-15 million years older than anything on record that had been chilling in London’s Natural History museum since the 1930s.
It’s one thing to look at fossils to determine the size and general shape of a dinosaur, but trying to figure out external features that would have been shaped by soft tissue is another. Some scientists think sauropod may have had a trunk like an elephant, but because that would have been constructed from muscle and tendons, no one really knows.
Triceratops was a cool dinosaur, but the recently discovered xenocerotops is even cooler. Xenocerotops was so named upon its discovery because of its badass arrangement of facial horns that makes it look like something out of sci-fi.
Earlier this years, paleontologists came upon a 95 year old skull fragment that they later concluded didn’t belong to any known dinosaur species. This new species, a relative of Allosaurus, was named “Sauron” after the evil demonic character from Lord of the Rings.