Student discovers new dinosaur species

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Photo Credit: miketaylor.org.uk

Mike Taylor, a university student, studying for his Ph.D. (advanced academic degree) in Paleontology ( the study of prehistoric life forms), discovered a brand new species of dinosaur, while conducting research at the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom.

The new species was identified as part of the Sauropod family of dinosaurs. The sauropods were four-legged, herbivorous (vegetarian) dinosaurs, with very long necks and tails, and relatively small skulls and brains. One of their most unusual features was their nostril, which was higher up in their head, almost near the eye sockets. The Sauropod bones have been found in every continent except Antarctica, and they are one of the longest living group of dinosaurs, spanning over a 100 million years.

Photo Credit: miketaylor.org.uk

This new species, slightly smaller than the other Sauropods, about 50 - 65ft long and weighing around 2.8 tonnes, lived about 140 million years ago.

Mike Taylor, who has spent five years studying Sauropod vertebrae, immediately knew that this was the dorsal vertebrae (backbone) of a Sauropod. However, he had never seen one like this before. Further research proved this was indeed a new kind of Sauropod. The bone, which had been discovered in the 1890's, over 100 years ago, had never been examined. The new species has been named Xenoposeidon Proneneukus, which means forward-sloping alien earthquake god - ever wonder who names these things?

Watch the video below for an artist's depiction of what this creature may have looked like.

Sources: The sun.co.uk, Dailymail.co.uk

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118 Comments
  • JBean7605Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 8:24 am
    I have to be on here right now for school reasons and I am try not to get caught in the comment section
    • pepeWednesday, December 19, 2018 at 5:30 am
      nice as ice
      • pepeTuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:36 am
        this is good for what i do
        • pepeTuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:34 am
          this is good for what i do
          • pepsils
            pepsilsSunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm
            Dinosaurs are really cool 🦕
            • Ark is bestgameThursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm
              wow i love dinos so this article is perfect for me
              • FLUFFY UNICORNThursday, November 8, 2018 at 11:54 am
                Amazing. I couldn't find why he did it though... I might not have read it all. But if there isn't a reason why. There definitely should be! 10/10 article though!
                • PINKFLUFFEWIQHXTuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm
                  Hi, Im pickfluffe! This article was very interesting!!!!! I enjoyed reading it because it tells you some more dinosaurs that are appearing in this world! :D
                  • BishopSunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm
                    I never new any university person could find a dinosaur bigger than him
                    • enzosalTuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm
                      that is dope

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