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How many more do you think will be described before 2014 is over?  Place your bets!


My guess… 9 more species.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: The TV
  • Reading: Sauropod Papers
  • Watching: The sky
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta
Well, paleontologists certainly aren't slacking off this year.  Another giant titanosaur is soon to be described and named.  

Here is a partial abstract from the Argentinian 4th INTERNATIONAL PALAEONTOLOGICAL CONGRESS.

Here we report two new titanosaurian species from the Coniacian–lower Santonian Plottier Formation, discovered by the first author in Mendoza Province, Argentina. Specimen UNCUYO- LD-301/302 (housed at Laboratorio de Dinosaurios, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo) is among the largest sauropod individuals yet found (humerus length = 1.79 m), and preserves a number of elements including a complete and articulated right pes.

1.79 meters is pretty huge, larger than the 160cm humerus of Dreadnoughtus.  And since Dread was ~25 meters long and 30-35 tons in weight, this new sauropod probably weighed ~45 tons.
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  • Reading: Sauropod Papers
  • Watching: The sky
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta
Have you seen the swimming, stubby-legged Spinosaurus?  All is not as it appears.  Many are voicing concerns over the papers findings, from paleontologists to bloggers to armchair scientists, and as far as I can tell, they have a good point.  Scott Hartman and Jaime Headden sum it up best.

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A few things remain unchanged:

-Spinosaurus was NOT quarupedal
-Spinosaurus was probably the longest theropod
-Spinosaurus was partially aquatic
-Spinosaurus probably had a combination ridge/sail (The shape is still uncertain)
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  • Reading: Sauropod Papers
  • Watching: The sky
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta
Finally, some solid work on what could very well be the largest terrestrial animal ever to exist.  The enigmatic Broome titanosaur.  Tony Thulborn has published an abstract on the trackways of Broome, Australia.  Most notable are some unbelievably huge sauropod tracks.  So huge, that no one really believed they were legit.  In his abstract Thulborn is emphatic that these prints are not under-prints, and are, at absolute minimum, 1.5 meters long, and almost certainly bigger(up to 1.7 meters).  Even using the low bound estimates, these prints represent the largest animal with physical remains known to science.  Giraffatitan has pes prints around .9 meters long, so you can imagine what a 1.5m+ animal would look like.  Roughly and hypothetically speaking, we're talking about an animal 40+meters long, 20+meters tall, and well over 100 metric tons.  
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  • Listening to: The TV
  • Reading: Sauropod Papers
  • Watching: The sky
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta

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A college student majoring in geoscience/paleontology. I enjoy sketching paleoart in my free time. All dinosaurs, all the time! :)

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How many more do you think will be described before 2014 is over?  Place your bets!


My guess… 9 more species.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: The TV
  • Reading: Sauropod Papers
  • Watching: The sky
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta

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:iconlordmasterjohn:
LordMasterJohn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make awesome art man,
Ill watch you right away ;)
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude!
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LordMasterJohn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya welcome :)
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VigorousNebulaDragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Dude, Dreadnoughtus has been officially announced! But the datas are really weird and most reconstructions are just...ughhh. (The only one I find nice is Mark Witton's sketch)
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the skeletal looks a little dumpy, and the reconstructions give it a bloated head and droopy neck.
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VigorousNebulaDragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
And its weight comparison chart with other large sauropods is just a nuisance. Futalognkosaurus suddenly becomes lighter than Brachiosaurus.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
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remanth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm part of the TheDailyBreadCafe volunteer team. We're all glad that you've been featured by TheDailyBreadCafe. Hopefully, you found some sort of support and/or encouragement here. And remember, you're appreciated and supported through our miniature community for being a wonderfully creative deviant!
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why Thank you!
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What? I WASN'T WATCHING YOU? BLASPHEMY! 
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