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Antarctica Dinosaurs

21 Dec

Credit: Charles R. Knight; (inset) Cerda/Naturwissenschaften

Before penguins ruled Antarctica, dinosaurs roamed across what was then a forested continent, migrating over from Australia and other land masses that were connected to it at the time. Several Antarctic dinosaurs have already been found, including an armored ankylosaur and a handful of birdlike dinosaurs. But researchers working on James Ross Island off the Antarctic Peninsula have now reported the discovery of what may be the biggest dino yet: a fossil (inset) from the tailbone of a sauropod, a giant, four-legged dinosaur with a long neck and tail. As they write in Naturwissenschaften this week, the researchers believe this plant-eating beast lived during the Cretaceous period, which lasted until about 65 million years ago. The team can’t identify which of the 150 sauropod species the dinosaur belonged to, but it hopes to find some of his friends still buried in the frozen wasteland.

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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Earth Changes, Science

 

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4 responses to “Antarctica Dinosaurs

  1. charlesmichelduke

    December 23, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I believe at that time (my wikipedia research is rusty on this) that the whole planet was a lot warmer at the time of the dinosaurs. Plus I think Antarctica was in a different position on the globe. I think…

    I know this is mad (way out there Hollywood style) science fiction talking, but imagine if they did find a preserved dino egg, and they hatched it 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

     
    • Craig & Joe

      December 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      The world did contain a single continent called Pangea, so it would logical that the dino’s danced all over the place. I think what is missing in the article is that we are finally able to “find” the fossils of these great creatures because of advanced technology and the thinning ice sheets.

      It would be amazing if we could create a living, breathing dinosaur. . .

       
  2. in every atom

    December 29, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Amazing isn’t it, that the same landmasses can go from tropical to frozen. It is really hard to imagine these creatures onces roamed the earth. How much we don’t know about this earth.

     
    • Craig & Joe

      January 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I wish I could know all there is to know . . . but I guess that would take the joy out of discovering something new

       

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