Philly scientists discover giant dinosaur
A team of Drexel scientists named a newly discovered dinosaur this week, according to Newsworks. The dinosaur, a sauropod from southern Patagonia, was named "Dreadnoughtus" for its gigantic size and invulnerability to attack.
This 77-million-year-old skeleton is the most complete skeleton to be found for a dinosaur of its size. The discovery was made in Argentina during field searches that began in 2005.
Scientists say that the Dreadnoughtus was a plant-eater and had a long neck, long tail, and small head.
According to Newsworks, the fossils were found to have deep muscle scarring, which showed that “the 65-ton animal was well-muscled, bulky and virtually immune to predators.”
Kenneth Lacovara, Drexel University paleontology professor, choose to name the new dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani after battleships. "That evokes in my mind this class of turn-of-the-last-century battleships that were called the dreadnoughts. They were made of thick steel, and very, very big and they could basically sail the seas with impunity," Lacovara told Newsworks.