A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, September 2014
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Title
A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina
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Scientific Reports, September 2014
DOI 10.1038/srep06196
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Kenneth J. Lacovara, Matthew C. Lamanna, Lucio M. Ibiricu, Jason C. Poole, Elena R. Schroeter, Paul V. Ullmann, Kristyn K. Voegele, Zachary M. Boles, Aja M. Carter, Emma K. Fowler, Victoria M. Egerton, Alison E. Moyer, Christopher L. Coughenour, Jason P. Schein, Jerald D. Harris, Rubén D. Martínez, Fernando E. Novas, Lacovara KJ, Lamanna MC, Ibiricu LM, Poole JC, Schroeter ER, Ullmann PV, Voegele KK, Boles ZM, Carter AM, Fowler EK, Egerton VM, Moyer AE, Coughenour CL, Schein JP, Harris JD, Martínez RD, Novas FE

Abstract

Titanosaurian sauropod dinosaurs were the most diverse and abundant large-bodied herbivores in the southern continents during the final 30 million years of the Mesozoic Era. Several titanosaur species are regarded as the most massive land-living animals yet discovered; nevertheless, nearly all of these giant titanosaurs are known only from very incomplete fossils, hindering a detailed understanding of their anatomy. Here we describe a new and gigantic titanosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani, from Upper Cretaceous sediments in southern Patagonia, Argentina. Represented by approximately 70% of the postcranial skeleton, plus craniodental remains, Dreadnoughtus is the most complete giant titanosaur yet discovered, and provides new insight into the morphology and evolutionary history of these colossal animals. Furthermore, despite its estimated mass of about 59.3 metric tons, the bone histology of the Dreadnoughtus type specimen reveals that this individual was still growing at the time of death.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 4%
Chile 2 2%
Spain 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 104 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 25 21%
Researcher 25 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 18%
Student > Master 12 10%
Other 10 8%
Other 25 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 54 45%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 43 36%
Environmental Science 5 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Other 10 8%

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