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2010-09-25 06:10:00

Paleontologists in Spain said Friday they have discovered the longest dinosaur thigh bone ever found in Europe, measuring almost 6.5 feet in length. The dinosaur research institute Dinopolis Foundation said the thigh fossil was found earlier this year at a Riodeva dig site near Teruel in eastern Spain. Scientists have also unearthed a 4.1-foot tibia and 15 vertebrae at the site. The fossil is believed to belong to the Turiasaurus Riodevensis -- a dinosaur weighing more than 40 tons and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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