According to National Geographic, the new dinosaur, named Patagotitan mayorum, was a long-necked behemoth lived about 102 million years ago and was likely more than 120 feet long and weighed 69 tons, or about the same as 12 African elephants (the current largest land dweller).
Meet the new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs: Patagotitan mayorum. This article in the Austin American Statesman provides more information about this gigantic dinosaur, now considered the biggest of a group of large dinosaurs called titanosaurs. The fossils were found in southern Argentina in 2012.
As reported in the story:”There was one small part of the family that went crazy on size,” said Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio paleontology museum in Argentina, co-author of the study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
“There was one small part of the family that went crazy on size,” said Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio paleontology museum in Argentina, co-author of the study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
You’ll find links to other articles about this giant thunder lizard within altogether interesting.
In 2011, science writer Sarah Zielinski shared biographies of 10 women scientists lost to history.
As a huge fan of dinosaurs, it was a pleasure to see her list included Mary Anning, (1799 – 1847), a prolific fossil hunter whose finds included Ichthyosaurus, the “fish-lizard.”
According to Zielinski, she also found long-necked plesiosaurs, “a pterodactyl and hundreds, possibly thousands, of other fossils that helped scientists to draw a picture of the marine world 200 million to 140 million years ago during the Jurassic. ”
Like many women scientists in history, she was self-taught. Her studies included anatomy, geology, paleontology and scientific illustration.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-historic-female-scientists-you-should-know-84028788/#Cff5VXSls3qS9cAW.99
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