Giant Dinosaur Bones Destroyed Roads

Giant Dinosaur Bones Destroyed Roads
Huge Dinosaur Bones Destroyed Roads - One of the femurs of Chucarosaurus diripienda alongside a shovel for size comparison. The femur is 6,2 feet (1,9 meters) long. (Image credit: Nicolas Chimento)

The giant, 100-foot-long dinosaur bones found in Argentina were so large they destroyed the road while being transported. The huge long-necked dinosaur, about 100 feet (30 meters) long, was lumbering along in Argentina's Patagonia region about 90 million years ago.

The remains of giant long-necked dinosaurs have been found in Argentina by paleontologists, according to a recent study. The neck of this dinosaur, which lived about 90 million years ago, was about 100 feet (90 meters) long.

Studying this gigantic dinosaur wasn't always easy. While the researchers were transporting the herbivore's bones to Buenos Aires for study, the very heavy fossils of the titanosaur caused a traffic accident. The titanosaur was the largest of the long-necked dinosaurs.

Fernando Novas, a paleontologist at the Bernardino Rivadavia Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos Aires and a researcher at the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET), said in a translated email to Live Science that the weight "destabilized the vehicle and caused an accident." “Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, and the dinosaur bones, which flew through the air unharmed, were made of a very durable material. On the contrary, they damaged the asphalt of the road.

Chucarosaurus diripienda is the dinosaur's scientific name and was partially inspired by this event. In the Quechua language of the region, “Chucaro” means “hard and indomitable beast”, while in Latin “diripienda” means “scrambled”.

C. diripienda fossils scattered and partially buried in the hills of the Patagonian steppe in Ro Negro state were found by paleontologists in 2018. Seven separate bones were preserved in the fossil, namely the hip (ischium), hind leg (femora, tibia, and fibula), and foreleg (containing humerus, radius, and metacarpus). According to Novas, because the bones were so heavy, multiple people had to lift them inch by inch.

According to Novas, C. diripienda could have weighed between 30 and 40 tons during its entire existence in the mid-Cretaceous. "However, the Patagotitan is far from being one of the largest and most gigantic dinosaurs that could have weighed 70 tons like Argentinosaurus or Notocolossus."

The longest known dinosaur, Supersaurus, lived about 150 million years ago in what is now the western United States and is thought to have been over 128 feet (39 meters) in length.

C. diripienda was very tall, but made good use of its length. The huge predatory dinosaurs lurking around may have been deterred by its long tail and long neck, which allowed it to feast on the leaves in the treetops.

Source: Live Science

📩 22/05/2023 14:19