If You Have A Name Like Dreadnought, You'd Better Live Up To It

Ready folks, because it's time to break out the superlatives. With a rush of adjectives such as "colossal", "supermassive" and "kind of big, I guess," researchers from Drexel University in Philadelphia, lead by Kenneth Lacorvara, have announced the discovery of the largest land animal to ever live, which makes it like the fourth or fifth one of those (and current pack leader). The beast in question: the 60 tonnes and 26 metre long sauropod Dreadnoughtus schrani. It belongs to the Titanosaur family, which also includes the similarly sized and geographically discovered Argentinosaurus. Dreadnoughtus, which means "fear nothing," was discovered in 2005, and over four years of excavating resulted in 45% of a complete skeleton, which by paleontological standards is a hell of a lot.

The animal was discovered in modern Patagonia, making it only the latest discovery of gigantism in species native to the ancient Argentinian landscape known as Gondwanaland. Clearly, something was happening on an evolutionary and likely environmentally level that was causing the animals in this area to grow to sizes that literally strain the limits of what terrestrial animals are capable of. What was causing this spurt of growth 80 million years ago is unknown, but it sure made for some damned fascinating animals.

Via The Guardian.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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