The discovery of fossilized bones in South Africa have led scientists to believe they've found a new world's largest dinosaur (and overall land animal), a 26,000 pound Brontosaurus-like dinosaur that lived some 200 million years ago. God what I wouldn't give to go back there and ride one IRL.
The researchers have named it Ledumahadi mafube, which is Sesotho for "a giant thunderclap at dawn." Sesotho is an official South African language indigenous to the part of the country where the dinosaur was found.
Ledumahadi was a close relative of sauropod dinosaurs, like the brontosaurus and others that ate plants and walked on all four legs. But the fossil shows that it evolved earlier, and independently, of sauropods.
The researchers believe that Ledumahadi was a transitional dinosaur, an evolutionary experiment itself during the Early Jurassic period. The forelimbs of this dinosaur are more "crouched," while being very thick to support its giant body.
Fascinating. "Did you even read any of that?" No, I was too busy daydreaming about building a time machine and going back to visit the dinosaurs. "How did that go?" Bad, my time machine exploded the first time I tried to use it. "You suck at daydreaming." I'm even worse at sex dreaming. "An ogre rip your penis off and beat you with it?" Same one as always.
Keep going for a shot of some bones.
Thanks to Mary B and rob, who know what I like, and I like new dinosaurs.