Do you have a dinosaur-obsessed child? The announcement of the Dreadnoughtus dinosaur, one of the largest dinos discovered to date, is sure to knock the socks off of dinophiles young and old. This dinosaur would have weighed in at 65 tons. Kenneth Lacovara, PhD of Drexel University discovered Dreadnoughtus schrani and compares its weight to that of 12 African elephants or more than 7 T-rex! Dreadnoughtus schrani is a member of a group of dinosaurs called Titanosaurs. Titanosaurs had a wide range of sizes, the largest of which, up until now, have remained a mystery to us. Usually only a few fossils are found from each specimen. In the case of the Dreadnoughtus archeologists recovered 70% of the skeleton, making it almost complete. Dreadnoughtus schrani was a plant eating sauropod dinosaur. It was unearthed in Patagonia. The name Dreadnoughtus means "fears nothing", making it an excellent moniker for this house sized creature. It will be fascinating to see what else we learn about these massive creatures as discoveries like this continue.
Dinosaur Activities and Resources:
Teaching Dinosaur Science: Tips and Resources for Parents
Make a Fossil!
Field Guide from Dinosaur Train on PBS
Paleontology Activities from the American Museum of Natural History