posted on Jul, 10 2003 @ 11:19 PM
Damn, why cant I make a find like this?????
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- The remains of a two-ton dinosaur have lurked in a South African university for more than 20 years -- but only
now have researchers realized it is the oldest direct ancestor of the largest creatures ever to walk the earth.
Scientists said Thursday that the fossil, dug up in 1981, was the earliest known example of a sauropod, the group of giant plant-eating reptiles that
ruled the Jurassic world between 205 and 145 million years ago.
The fossil is 215 million years old, and represents a new species of sauropod that would have been the largest land animal of its time, weighing 1.8
tons and stretching 26 to 33 feet from nose to tail.