Watch From the GIANT Salt water crocodile in the Sahara Deserts, to the most recent and fascinating discovery in Argentina, this is 9 FANTASTIC Fossil Finds
Machimosaurus Rex (mack-immo-sore-us) -- The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile and largest terrestrial predator … measuring up to 23 feet and weighing over 2,500 pounds. But paleontologists recently revealed the fossil remains of a mega-crocodile that measured 30 feet long and weighed up to three tons! It’s believed to be the largest ocean-dwelling croc in the world, and was discovered buried in the sands of the Sahara Desert.
Natural Trap Cave -- An accidental discovery occurred when scientists explored a deep cave in hopes of finding the remains of Ice Age mammals. Instead, they stumbled onto a treasure trove of hundreds of large prehistoric animals. Excavations at The Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming have yielded the fossils of mammoths, short-faced bears, and camels that inhabited North America during the Ice Age. The cave’s natural trap is actually a bell-shaped opening 15 feet wide that leads to an 85-foot drop … Researchers think the animals fell in while seeking shelter. Over time, that led to a layer of bones 30 feet deep at the cave’s bottom, where cool temperatures kept the remains well-preserved. A dig in 2014 excavated remains of wolves, lions and the American cheetah among other finds … some of which were nearly-complete specimens … and date back some 13,000 years. Researchers think the fossil discoveries will help them better understand why many of these animals went extinct during the late Pleistocene epoch.
Sibirosaurus -- The fossilized bones of this huge animal were first found in 2008 embedded in a Siberian cliff face. After eight years of painstaking excavation, experts pieced the bone fragments together, constructing a picture of the creature. It was a massive beast that roamed the Earth 100 million years ago, and belonged to the sauropods … a class of huge, herbivorous dinosaurs known for their long necks. This adult specimen was was thought to measure 66 feet long and weigh over 110,000 pounds. Full details of the creature are forthcoming from Russian researchers … but they feel this could actually be a completely new type of plant-eating dinosaur related to the Titanosaur, a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs that includes some of the heaviest creatures to ever walk the Earth. While the monster’s official Latin name is forthcoming, it goes by the nickname, Sibirosaurus.
Sea Rex -- One of the best preserved and most significant fossil discoveries ever was made by Kevan Sheehan, a retired cafe owner and fossil hunter from Dorset England, who spent five years unearthing it. The fossil belongs to a creature thought to have weighed over 26,000 pounds (12 tonnes), measured 60 feet long, swallowed great white sharks whole … and had a bite force powerful enough to shred a car in half. This fearsome animal is named Kevan (K-E-V-A-N) … although its proper name is ‘Pliosaurus kevani’ (Plee-oh-sore-us Keh-vann-ee). The gargantuan beast would have ruled the oceans some 150 million years ago. Its massive jaws were filled with 12-inch teeth, thought to have given it the biggest bite in history. And while it probably could have snapped up T-Rex for a snack, it fed primarily on ichthyosaurs (ick-thee-o-sores) and and mass quantities of squid. While remains of other pliosaurs (plee-oh-sores) have been found previously, this one is distinct enough to have been declared a new species.
While Argentinosaurus (ar-gen-tee-no-sore-us) currently holds the record for being both the longest and heaviest land animal ever at around 100 feet long and weighing up to (73) tons … it may have to surrender its title to a new champ.
The bones of a new species of titanosaur were discovered in Argentina that could have been as heavy as 14 African elephants … or around 170,000 pounds (85 tons)! Standing with its neck up, the herbivorous creature would have been around 65 feet tall … about the height of a seven story building. From measuring the gigantic thigh bones, it would have been around 130 feet long. These sauropods were characterized by their small heads, long necks,and whiplike tails ... and date from the Cretaceous period. This Titanosaur would have lived in the Patagonian forests of Argentina and Chile up to 100 million years ago … the massive fossilized bones were discovered in 2013 by a local farm worker in a region of southern Argentina that has produced many important dinosaur fossil finds. These bones are said to be the largest set of dinosaur remains ever found to date.
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