This is amazingly cool however - and honestly I cannot wait for Covid to end, decent public funding of science to appear and a facsimile of this skeleton to get stuck in every natural history museum going - my kids will be sick of their dad dragging them off to see a 120 foot long pile of bones - but up close and personal is pretty much the only way to appreciate this sort of thing.
Right that's it - tomorrow it's tape measeures and chalk outlines in the road outside!
The long neck makes more sense if there are trees that size and the neck is to get to the leaves. Otherwise what use is it?
1. You can graze a wide radius without actually moving, which seems pretty energetically efficient.
2. Cooling. The neck is a lot of surface area to dissipate heat. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812985/#!po=50...
(They do look quite funny when bending down to drink, though!)
A male elephant can weigh up to 7 tons and they say that Titanosaurus would have weighed around 13 tons. Even with much lighter bones & co., at that size there's no way it would have weighed that little. A mammoth could weigh up to 12 tons, as another point of comparison.
A dinosaur like the one they depict would have weighed at least 50 tons, IMO.
Anyone would like to give me the definition in SI?
Of course they come in various sizes, so it means anything from 1.5 m³ to just over 6 m³. A very rough measure, in other words, which makes sense in context.
("Container" is both "container" and "dumpster" in Swedish, and it's pronounced pretty much as "container" in English since it's a loan word, but the meanings have diverged, I guess.)
(This lightness makes it unlikely they could function well in water; their torsos would float before getting very well immersed, which would indeed take weight off, but would also mean they'd have to hop along awkwardly on their front feet. This is supported by front-feet-only sauropod prints on once-submerged areas.)
Come to think of it, most of my books about dinosaurs are probably from the 80s... :P
So the largest dinosaur bones were built more like trusses? That would make sense, I guess.
How high a hurdle can an elephant clear? I know they can put their front feet on a pedestal that’s, ballpark, ½m, but I don’t see them step over one.
> One of the most fascinating research topics in the field of sauropod dinosaurs is the evolution of gigantism. In the particular case of Titanosauria, the record of multi-ton species (those exceeding 40 tons) comes mainly from Patagonia. The record of super-sized titanosaur sauropods has traditionally been extremely fragmentary, although recent discoveries of more complete taxa have revealed significant anatomical information previously unavailable due to preservation biases. In this contribution we present a giant titanosaur sauropod from the Candeleros Formation (Cenomanian, circa 98 Ma) of Neuquén Province, composed of an articulated sequence of 20 most anterior plus 4 posterior caudal vertebrae and several appendicular bones.
(don't get me wrong, it's still Very Large, but we're not talking Godzilla v Kong here)
I know the sauropods were mostly vegetarian but I can't help but figure that an animal of that size must have inadvertently swallowed a fair number of smaller animals.
Deer and cows sometimes eat small birds or rodents if they can catch them. Seems they're just not really equipped to hunt. But they aren't actually vegetarian as we like to think they are.
I really look forward to the day when US and its mighty allies Liberia and Myanmar would finally abandon these silly imperial units.
I really can't get my head around how something like this would be possible, and how it could sustain itself.
Edit: there’s no mention about oxygen or seal level in this article about Dutch people’s quick increase in height over the last 150 years https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/08/scientists-try...
Peruvians of Incan descent tend to be short, and I have heard that it is because of the elevated areas in which they live, so it’s likely to be a product of multiple coefficients.
But it looks like by "largest animal" in this article they mean by weight.
The LONGEST animal is a 150 feet siphonophore, which seems to be some kind of jellyfish looking animal (I'm not sure about where it taxonomically fits on the tree of life though).
^ So to speak?
That’s crazy. I’ve only ever thought of fossils as being encased inside hard rock.
The bias of the fossil record makes a discovery like this so unlikely that it’s objectively joyous when it happens.