Meet Dreadnoughtus, perhaps the biggest creature to ever walk the planet

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/04/world/americas/dreadnoughtus-huge-dinosaur/

What’s 30 feet tall,with a 29-foot tail, 85 feet long and heavier than seven elephants?   The answer is a huge dinosaur called a Dreadnoughtus which means “fearing nothing.” This newly discovered animal was known to be one of the largest land animals that ever lived. The Dreadnoughtus was a leading animal in the titanosaur  family, “a group of dinosaur  with long necks,small heads and tall, thick legs.” Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, found the specimen in Argentina in 2005. Dr. Kenneth Lacovara and his crew found over 200 and put them together to make a huge dinosaur. By calculating the weight of its upper arm and thigh muscles, the team determined Dreadnoughtus weighed about 130,000 pounds. Lacovara and his team used their collections to create a computerized program to determine how Dreadnoughtus looked and moved. 3D printing technology is allowing researchers to produce replicas of bones for a more detailed analysis, which helped them learn more about dinosaurs. From studying its bones, Lacovara found that Dreadnoughtus had more growing to do. This is a study in progress so Dreadnoughtus might be in a museum near you soon.

I think this discovery is important because this dinosaur might lead scientists to another dinosaur. I chose this article because it was a new discovery and I think that is great to learn new things. I also love learning about prehistoric animals. This discovery is important to people who want to know what’s going on in the world. This is why I think this article is important!

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