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2014-05-18 05:33:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 130-foot long, 65-foot tall, 180,000-pound dinosaur believed to have been the largest creature ever to walk the Earth has been discovered by an agricultural worker in Argentina, various media outlets have reported. According to The Telegraph, the currently unnamed creature is believed to be a new species of titanosaur, a massive herbivore belonging to the long-necked sauropod group that lived in the Late Cretaceous period. The...

Penn Researchers Describe Newly Discovered Colossal Dinosaur
2014-01-30 12:39:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Pennsylvania paleontologists, publishing a paper in the journal PLOS ONE, say a new dinosaur discovered in northwestern China is colossal. The team said the new species is a plant-eating sauropod named Yongjinglong datangi that roamed the earth more than 100 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous period. The fossils discovered belonged to a juvenile, roughly 50 to 60 feet long. The species is believed to belong to...

Giants Of Earth's History Still Pose A Wealth Of Riddles
2014-01-14 10:32:20

Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz Sauropods, the largest land animals in Earth's history, are still mightily puzzling the scientists. These plant-eating dinosaurs with their long necks and small heads could reach a height of 10 meters or more and dominated all other land vertebrates in terms of size. They could weigh up to 80 tons, more than any other known land vertebrate. One question that has been intensely debated is how these giants of the animal kingdom regulated their own body...

Evolution Of Giants: Why Did Sauropods Get So Big?
2013-10-31 07:08:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On October 30, a new PLoS Collections launched, featuring research on the complex evolutionary cascade theory that made the unique gigantism of sauropod dinosaurs possible. New sauropod research articles published in PLoS ONE are featured in the Collection. The largest terrestrial animals ever to roam the Earth, sauropod dinosaurs exceeded all other land-dwelling vertebrates in both mean and maximal body size. Sauropods evolved many...

2013-08-15 21:05:14

Muscle, cartilage surrounding vertebrae impact neck flexibility in ostriches, dinos A new analysis of ostriches reveals that a computer model of long-necked sauropods used to simulate the dinosaurs' movements, featured in BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs and the focus of an installation at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, does not correctly reconstruct how flexible their necks were. The results are published August 14 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Matthew Cobley from...

Teeth Continuously Replaced In Large Sauropod Dinosaurs
2013-07-18 14:15:23

[Watch Video: CT Scan Of A Diplodocus Tooth] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Colossal, skyscraping sauropod dinosaurs required massive amounts of plant food to maintain their enormous weight, causing a lot of wear and tear on their teeth. But without a decent dental plan, how did these giants maintain healthy chompers? According to a new report, published in the open access journal PLoS ONE, two sauropods, Diplodocus and Camarasaurus, produced new teeth on a...

Dinosaurs Were Great Swimmers
2013-04-09 05:13:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have found new evidence that dinosaurs were excellent swimmers, according to a study published in Monday´s edition of Chinese Science Bulletin, an academic journal co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. In fact, an international team of experts, which included University of Alberta graduate student Scott Persons, located what is being called...

Massive Sauropod Dinosaurs Ate More To Get Much Needed Nitrogen
2012-12-12 16:10:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of U.K. biologists has revived an older and heavily debated theory that suggests sauropod dinosaurs reached their massive sizes due to the plants they ate. About ten years ago, plant ecologists from South Africa originally formulated this theory; however their ideas have fallen out of favor with many dinosaur researchers. According to a paper from David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Graeme Ruxton...

What Did The Jurassic Age Diplodocus Eat?
2012-07-31 08:46:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Natural History Museum of London, the University of Missouri and Ohio University report they have discovered the eating habits of the Jurassic age dinosaur, the Diplodocus. Found nearly 130 years ago, the eating habits of the giant herbivore were still largely uncertain until now. Understanding these habits could provide insights into extinct ecosystems and today's modern animal...

Eating Habits Of Dinosaurs Revealed
2012-07-17 04:53:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A great number of hypotheses have been suggested on feeding behavior of Diplodocus - thought to be one of the largest dinosaurs ever since its discovery over 130 years ago. These range between standard biting, combing leaves through peg-like teeth, ripping bark from trees similar to behavior in some living deer, and even grabbing shellfish from rocks. A team of international researchers, led by the University of Bristol and the...


Latest Sauropoda Reference Libraries

Supersaurus
2013-04-28 19:01:46

Supersaurus, meaning “super lizard” is a genus of diplodocid sauropod dinosaur that was discovered by Vivian Jones of Delta, Colorado, in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Colorado in the year 1972. The fossil remains came from the Brushy Basin Member of the formation, dating back to about 153 million years ago. It’s among the largest dinosaurs known from good remains, possibly reaching 108 to 112 feet long and around 35 to 40 tons. In most respects, Supersaurus is much like...

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2012-03-21 22:48:02

Sauroposeidon, meaning “earthquake god lizard,” is a genus of sauropods dinosaur from the Aptian and Albian ages of the Early Cretaceous Period (110 million years ago). It was discovered in the southeast region of Atoka County, Oklahoma, not far from the border of Texas, in a claystone outcrop. The fossils were initially misidentified as pieces of petrified wood when they were found in 1994. A more detailed analysis in 1999 revealed they were truly dinosaurian bones. They were formally...

Berlin_Diplodocus
2011-09-27 15:00:16

Diplodocus, meaning “double beam,” is a genus of diplodocid sauropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period of what is now western North America (about 150 million years ago). The first fossils of this dinosaur were discovered in 1877 by S.W. Williston. Its generic name was coined by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1878. Diplodocus is one of the more common dinosaur fossils found in the Upper Morrison Formation, a sequence of shallow marine and alluvial sediments deposited about 150 million...

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2011-02-25 17:34:24

Spinophorosaurus, meaning "spine-bearing lizard," is a genus of early sauropod dinosaur from the Mid Jurassic Period or possibly earlier. It was discovered in a rock formation in Niger, belonging to the lower part of the Irhazer Group. The specimen is unusual for having spiked ectoderms, probably from the tail, similar to the famed thagomizer found in stegosaurs. The type specimen, S. nigerensis, was described by Remes et al. in 2009. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2011-01-03 18:03:01

Qiaowanlong is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Albian stage of the Early Cretaceous Period (100 million years ago). It was discovered in the Yujinzi Basin of Gansu, China in 2007. It came from the geological formation called the Xinminpu Group. Qiaowanlong is known from articulated cervical (neck) vertebrae and a right pelvic girdle, as well as several unidentified bone fragments. It was the first brachiosaurid to have been found from China. Qiaowanlong is estimated to have been...

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