▲ Up
 
19:52 26-08-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
New dinosaur seven times bigger than T. rex discovered in Argentina

Bishkek (AKIpress) - dinosaur_3027315b An enormous species of dinosaur, which weighed more than a Boeing 737, has been discovered by scientists.

Named Dreadnoughtus schrani, after the fortified dreadnought battleships of the early 20th century, the herbivore would have done little other than eat in order to support its vast frame. Measurements of its fossilised bones suggest that the creature measured 85ft (26m) in length and weighed about 65 tonnes – equal to more than seven Tyrannosaurus Rex, four diplodocus or a dozen African elephants.

The remains unearthed in Argentina represent by far the most complete skeleton ever recovered of a supermassive herbivore from a group known as titanosaurs. Although partial skeletons of potentially larger cousins have previously been found, the find makes Dreadnoughtus the largest land animal for which a body size can be accurately estimated.

“It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet,” said Dr Kenneth Lacorvara of Drexel University in Philadelphia, who made the discovery. Examination of the 77-million-year-old specimen suggested it may not even have been fully grown at the time it died, he reported in the Scientific Reports journal.

The haul of bones unearthed in southern Patagonia between 2005 and 2009 included most of the vertebrae from the 30ft tail, a neck vertebra measuring more than a yard across, and a thigh bone which at 6ft in length is taller than the average man. Also included were a shoulder blade, several ribs, toes, a claw, a small section of jaw along with most bones from both forelimbs and hindlimbs, adding up to 70 per cent of bone types and 45 per cent of the total skeleton, as well as a tooth.

A second, smaller skeleton from the same species was also uncovered at the same site, but its skeleton was less complete. The discovery of the thigh and upper arm bones in particular were crucial in allowing experts to calculate Dreadnoughtus’s size, an unprecedented feat.

“Titanosaurs are a remarkable group of dinosaurs, with species ranging from the weight of a cow to the weight of a sperm whale or more,” said Dr Matthew Lamanna, another of the researchers. “But the biggest titanosaurs have remained a mystery because, in almost all cases, their fossils are very incomplete.”


Twitterfacebookprint
09:56 05.09.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:05 Somalia beach restaurant attack kills at least 1016:34 Uzbekistan may release 4 detained Kyrgyz citizens today16:31 OSCE supports workshop on best practices in border surveillance for Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik border officials16:26 Situation with detained 4 citizens of Kyrgyzstan by Uzbek police under control of country's leadership – Vice PM16:02 Diplomatic consultations on release of Kyrgyz citizens detained by Uzbek police in progress15:56 4 citizens of Kyrgyzstan still held in police department in Uzbekistan15:40 Kyrgyzstan's trade with EAEU countries down by 28.9% in H115:31 80% of tickets for Second World Nomad Games' opening, closing sold15:30 Islamic Development Bank preparing country strategy for Kyrgyzstan: Ministry of Economy15:15 Upstream projects, downstream disposals drive Kazakhstan oil and gas sector: Fitch15:00 Kazakhstan, Japan discuss transport, logistics and tourism cooperation14:49 President Atambayev's younger daughter releases clothing line14:30 Agriculture Ministry denies ban on honey export by Kyrgyzstan to China14:25 Turkmenistan awaiting decision on land in Issyk-Kul for construction of 5-star hotel14:16 It is possible to build 93 hydropower plants in Kyrgyzstan: HPS executive director13:51 President Atambayev emphasizes importance of Kyrgyz-Chinese projects in Kyrgyzstan13:36 France's highest administrative court to decide on burkini ban on beaches13:27 Bomb kills 8 riot police in south-east Turkey13:26 Bishkek-Manas airport road open after reconstruction: Ministry of Transport12:54 Kyrgyzstan's radio relay station in disputed Kyrgyz-Uzbek border area functions normally, Telecommunications Agency says
Astana
+28° C
Ashgabat
+33° C
Bishkek
+29° C
Dushanbe
+29° C
Tashkent
+33° C
Ulaanbaatar
+16° C
exchange rates
 
77.46
68.65
10.28
1.06
383.33
339.50
51.02
5.23
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.95
3.50
0.53
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75