A gigantic fish-eater (Bigger than a T. rex!
) with a crocodile snout and a large sail on its back, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has always been
a strange and enigmatic creature. It may have just become something stranger: a semiaquatic, quadrupedal theropod dinosaur. [more inside]
Scientists at Drexel university have discovered and described
the most complete
supermassive dinosaur ever found. According to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, the titanosaur
"weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T. rex
. Shockingly, skeletal evidence shows that when this 65-ton specimen died, it was not yet full grown. It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet." It's name? Dreadnoughtus .
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or stinkstone (it smells like rotten eggs), is a limestone nodule that has preserved Cambrian fossils extremely well. Scanning Electron Microscopic images of the fossils
reveals incredible detail.
Why no Pliestocene Park?
"Everyone seems to assume that the primeval condition of the Great Plains was bison and prairie dog, with the occasional pronghorn herd, but no other large mammals. Yet for 1.65 million years, North America teemed with large animals: the 'pleistocene megafauna
.' Then as the last ice age was ending and the first humans were coming over from Siberia, most of them died out." Sad -- doesn't everybody want a pony