Dreadnoughtus Dinosaur Weighed Whopping 65 Tons, Feared Nothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A gargantuan, long-necked dinosaur as big as a two-story house and weighing as much as 12 elephants once stalked a flower-dotted earth some 77 million years ago in what is now Argentina. 

That’s where paleontologists discovered the beast’s bones, naming it Dreadnoughtus schrani after steel warships. The dinosaur is a sauropod, a type of long-necked, four-legged dinosaur that only ate plants.”

 

 

 

 

 

” “I think the big herbivores don’t get their due for being” intimidating, said study lead author Ken Lacovara, an associate professor of paleontology and geology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. “I thought it should have a fearsome name.” 

Lacovara named the dinosaur after dreadnaughts, warships that were created in the early 20th century. “For a time, they were basically impervious to attack,” Lacovara told Live Science. “I thought that Dreadnoughtus would be a good name for these dinosaurs, which does two things: It means ‘fears nothing,’ and this dinosaur would have had nothing to fear. It also connotes something big like a battleship.” “

 

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