Listen Live on  
 

Buckeye Country 105.5

Washington Court House & Hillsboro's Great Country
 
 

Meet Dreadnoughtus, Biggest Dinosaur Yet

 
Posted Thursday, September 4th 2014 @ 2pm  by John Johnson, Newser Staff

Listen to Jurassic Park Radio on iHeartRadio

(NEWSER) – Introducing the new king of the dinosaurs, at least in terms of size. Researchers in the Patagonia region of Argentina found a brute they've named Dreadnoughtus, and they're laying claim to it being the largest land animal whose size can be accurately measured—thanks mainly to the fact that they found 70% of a skeleton. Some highlights of the study in Scientific Reports.

  • Dimensions: It was 85 feet long and weighed 130,000 pounds. Dreadnoughtus had a 37-foot-long neck that enabled the plant-eater to feast without having to move around much. Also: It was still growing when it died about 77 million years ago.
  • Context: "To put [the dino's 65-ton size] in perspective, an African elephant is about five tons, T. rex is eight tons, Diplodocus is 18 tons, and a Boeing 737 is around 50 tons," says study author Kenneth Lacovara of Drexel University in the Washington Post.
  • Demise: The big guy and a smaller companion got stuck in something akin to quicksand, which is why the bones are so well preserved.

Read the full story on Newser.com

Recommended Stories

More from Buckeye Country 105.5

*