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Researchers found a brand-new ‘wallaby-sized’ dinosaur in Australia

Researchers found a brand-new ‘wallaby-sized’ dinosaur in Australia

Getty Images Meet the Galleonosaurus dorisae, or Galleonosaurus for short. It's 125 million years old and once bopped about Victoria, southeastern Australia on its hind legs during the Cretaceous period. In the common parlance of stereotypical Australians that don't actually exist, you might call it a "little ripper". It's thought to have been the size…
What’s the World’s Largest Dinosaur?

What’s the World’s Largest Dinosaur?

The battle for the title of world's largest dinosaur is complicated.  Here's why: Paleontologists rarely discover an entire skeleton. They're more likely to uncover bone fragments and then try to estimate a profile of height and weight. Moreover, there are three categories for largest dinosaur on record: the weightiest, longest and tallest. Starting with the…
Why This Huge, Scaly Foot Appears Like It’s from a Dinosaur

Why This Huge, Scaly Foot Appears Like It’s from a Dinosaur

Cassowaries' powerful feet have sturdy claws that can be deadly weapons. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Davis A photo showing an enormous, scaly foot that dwarfed the photographer's hand recently captivated Twitter. With muscular digits tipped by powerful claws, the appendage resembles a dinosaur's foot — and that's exactly what it is. The foot's owner was…
Opal-Filled Fossils Reveal Timid, Dog-Size Dinosaur That Lived Down Under

Opal-Filled Fossils Reveal Timid, Dog-Size Dinosaur That Lived Down Under

The dinosaur Weewarrasaurus pobeni was roughly the size of an Australian sheep dog. Credit: James Keuther When Mike Poben, an opal buyer and and fossil fanatic, bought a bucket of opal from an Australian mine, he was surprised to find to find what looked like an ancient tooth in the pile. Later, he also found…
Mother’s Call Assists Uncover Oldest Long-Necked Dinosaur on Record

Mother’s Call Assists Uncover Oldest Long-Necked Dinosaur on Record

Thanks to a phone call from a scientist's mom, paleontologists have uncovered the oldest long-necked sauropod dinosaur on record. The tale began in 2012, when Estefânia Temp Müller called her son Rodrigo Temp Müller, a paleontologist in Brazil. Estefânia told her son that his uncle had found some fossils on a rural property in Agudo,…
Researchers find a brand name brand-new 26,000- pound dinosaur

Researchers find a brand name brand-new 26,000- pound dinosaur

University of the Witwatersrand Scientists think they may have found a new candidate for the Jurassic period's biggest dinosaur. A new study published Thursday in Current Biology reveals that Ledumahadi mafube, a Brontosaurus relative, could have weighed 12 metric tons. That's approximately 26,000 pounds. Its fossils were discovered in South Africa. A different dinosaur called…
This Was the World’s Largest Bird. It Weighed as Much as a Dinosaur.

This Was the World’s Largest Bird. It Weighed as Much as...

The world's largest bird — a newly identified species of elephant bird — weighed as much as a dinosaur when it strutted around Madagascar more than 1,000 years ago, a new study finds. This monster bird is now extinct, but it weighed as much as 1,760 lbs. (800 kilograms), or about as much as seven…

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