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  • [4/18] - New Dinosaur Bigger Than T-Rex Discovered

    posting this again...since someone couldn't add the date to it....
    from abcnews.com:

    Move over, Tyrannosaurus Rex. There's a new dinosaur in town, and he's bigger and badder than you ever were.

    A ferocious meat-eater named Mapusaurus roseae and weighing almost eight tons was recently discovered in Argentina. Because the bones of several individuals were found in one place, scientists believe that the carnivores lived together in social units and hunted with deadly efficiency in well-organized packs.

    Their prey? Mapusaurus probably dined on the flesh of the largest dinosaur that ever lived, Argentinosaurus, a massive 125 foot-long, 100-ton giant.

    "They would have been quite formidable," said Philip Currie, paleontologist at the University of Alberta who worked on the Mapusaurus site. "These were definitely the top dogs in the Southern Hemisphere."

    The Family that Preys Together

    The Mapusaurus bones were found in a bone bed on a hill in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. "Bone beds are a good area to work for giving info on more than one animal," said Currie, who made the Mapusaurus discovery with Rodolfo Coria of the Museo Carmen Funes in Plaza Huincul, Argentina.

    Carnivorous dinosaurs like T. Rex were once believed to be solitary hunters, but new evidence suggests otherwise. Currie speculates that the Mapusaurus he and Coria discovered were all living together in a social group until their death in some catastrophic event about 100 million years ago.

    "They all died together, so you can reason that they all lived together," Currie said. "Carnivores, when you find them all together like this, were probably packing animals with coordinated hunting efforts."

    The group found included several younger animals about 18 feet long, who were no less dangerous than the adults. "The juveniles were faster than the adults — they were longer-legged and more lightly built," Currie said.

    When Size Matters

    Based on the remains found at the site, an adult Mapusaurus would have measured about 40 feet in length. This puts the carnivore ahead of Tyrannosaurus Rex and on par with another meat-eater, Giganotosaurus.

    "Over the last decade, people have become increasingly aware of a group of gigantic meat-eating dinosaurs called carcharodontosaurids," explained Currie. This group included Mapusaurus, Giganotosaurus and other large carnivores.

    It's difficult to determine the exact size of Mapusaurus, Currie explained, because the complete skeleton of a single adult has never been found. But much information can be gleaned from the skull and other bones that were uncovered at the site.

    "This new animal we have is slightly larger than T. Rex, and it may be larger than Giganotosaurus," said Currie. "No matter how you cut it, this is a big animal."

  • #2
    Maybe Steven will give him a job @ jurassic park 4.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sirius
      Maybe Steven will give him a job @ jurassic park 4.
      maybe after he finishes indiana Jones 4

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      • #4
        Whens Jurrassic Park 4 Coming Out?
        www.bigroncoleman.com

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        • #5
          Phil Currie the guy who found this thing, has dinner with my family and me over at the house very often..

          My dad and him are good friends, he's going to get a full-time position at the University of Alberta.

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          • #6
            So let me get this right... It';s sayin it found a DInosaur bigger than the T-Rex (which I thought was the biggest) they say this new dinosaur weighs 8 tons... but the next line says it used to hunt a dinosaur that weighed 100 tons????? thats waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay bigger than both... wtf??
            I might hafta down-shift before I lose y'all- I know it's hard to keep up with the Porsche Carrera flow in a used car.

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            • #7
              they probably meant the biggest predator. there were dinosaurs that are bigger and weight more than the t-rex i'm sure (broncosaurus or something like that), they also said they hunt in pack so taking down something over 10 times their weight shouldn't be too bad.
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              • #8
                Didn't you post this and it got deleted?

                BLASPH|EMMY
                Amen.

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                • #9
                  interesting...i swear though...newly discovered dinosaurs have whack ass names lol...gigantasaurus? stank ass name

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                  • #10
                    those not dinosaur bones thats the remains of my ancester's penis
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                    • #11
                      Poor T-Rex, paleontologists keep ruining his reputation.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ml2niceguy
                        interesting...i swear though...newly discovered dinosaurs have whack ass names lol...gigantasaurus? stank ass name

                        ^^ Word up...sounds like a Power Rangers villian.
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                        Because A Dance With The Devil Might Last You Forever/

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                        • #13
                          Dude.. fuck the dinosaurs.

                          The Megalodon Shark is the most badass thing ever. Ask Harry about that bitch. That fucker would jump up and just grab a T-Rex with his teeth.

                          I'm pre-disastrous, I fuck shit up before it happens
                          Like blown engines of Airplanes with snorin' captains

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jaydoo07
                            So let me get this right... It';s sayin it found a DInosaur bigger than the T-Rex (which I thought was the biggest) they say this new dinosaur weighs 8 tons... but the next line says it used to hunt a dinosaur that weighed 100 tons????? thats waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay bigger than both... wtf??

                            The thing about size is mobility.
                            They have even said the T-Rex was only a scavenger cos' if it ran and fell it's bones would break. It would be worse for that 100 ton Dinosaur.
                            Jurasic park be inaccurate but it would be a very boring film if we had scientifically accurate movies. It's a movie after all

                            Raptors Rule........

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                            • #15
                              This is crazy. They always find new stuff.
                              ^ Wtf was i thinking....

                              the day i get a trillion posts i'll stop posting.

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