An interesting and incredible find

dinasaurWho would ever think that about 77 million years after being buried in a flash flood, the fossilized remains of one of the most massive creatures ever to walk the Earth can still be found?

Certainly the dinosaur’s sheer size and bulk saved it from being totally dissipated and lost.

With more than 70% of the key bones still intact after being unearthed in Argentina’s southwestern Patagonia, scientists from Philadelphia’s Drexel University led by Kenneth Lacovara had enough proof to fully describe the creature.

Lacovara named it the Dreadnoughtus schrani dinosaur, after the battleships of a century ago, which were huge, iron-clad and virtually impervious. (The second name honors benefactor and tech entrepreneur Adam Schran.)

Dreadnoughtus belongs to the dinosaur species, known as titanosaurs.

Lacovara next to the tibia bone of Dreadnoughtus schrani.

Lacovara next to the tibia bone of Dreadnoughtus schrani.

It could be an apt description for a behemothic creature measuring about 26-meter-long from head to tail, weighing over 60,000 kilograms and with a body as large as a house, when it existed.

It was perhaps the most fearful animal walking on the face of Earth then not only because of its bulk but also because of its swinging tail that was a dreaded weapon.

And to think that at the time the fossils were found the Dreadnoughtus was not yet full grown.

Lacovara says he imagines the dinosaur spent most of its day eating, in order to take in all the calories it needed.

For better appreciation of this interesting and incredible discovery, I have this video to share with you.

 

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