1. COLOSSAL

    ‘Dreadnoughtus’ Dinosaur Discovered

    Artist’s rendering 2
Illustration: Jennifer
Hall
Rendering of the massive
Dreadnoughtus
schrani
in life.
Dreadnoughtus
had a 37-foot-
long neck, 30-foot tail, and weighed an
estimated 65 tons, making it the most
massive land animal whose size can be
confidently calculated. In life,
Dreadnoughtus
was an herbivore that likely spent much of its
life eating massive quantities of plants to
maintain its enormous body size.

    Jennifer Hall

    The most complete skeleton ever found of one of the largest creatures ever to walk the Earth has been uncovered in southern Patagonia. More than a hundred bone fragments from the ominously named but vegetarian-only Dreadnoughtus Schrani—named after the dreadnought battleships of the early 20th century—were unearthed, including thigh bones as tall as a man and neck vertebra that measured a three-feet wide. Scientists estimate that Dreadnoughtus weighed almost 60 tons (the weight of seven Tyrannosaurs Rex) and measured 85 feet (26 meters) from snout to tail, making it the biggest land animal for which an accurate body mass can be calculated. Dreadnoughtus lived around 77 million years ago in a forest near the southern tip of South America. 

    Read it at The Guardian