By: Erin Ruberry
Just how big was Dreadnoughtus, a newly-discovered dinosaur that roamed Earth around 77 million years ago?
"It weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T. rex," Drexel University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, who discovered the dinosaur in Argentina, said in a statement. "Shockingly, skeletal evidence shows that when this 65-ton specimen died, it was not yet full grown. It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet."
The 85-foot-long, 65-ton creature had "a body the size of a house, the weight of a herd of elephants, and a weaponized tail," Lacovara described. As such, Dreadnoughtus' name was chosen because it means "fears nothing."
Dreadnoughtus is part of a group of supermassive planet-eating dinosaurs called titanosaurs.
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