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New sauropod!! The Brontomerus Mcintoshi, nicknamed "thunder thighs" (I'm not kidding), was discovered in Utah:

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They date from the early Cretaceous period, which began around 145million years ago and ended 65million years ago.

The remains included a juvenile's left ilium bone, which forms part of the pelvis, and also a near complete left scapula, or shoulder blade, of a larger, presumably adult, animal.

Check out the rest of the oddly-worded Daily Mail story. You may also enjoy downloading the full paper on the discovery with even more images of the bones.

In other news, my favorite rock-star paleontologist, Jack Horner, argues that new census data of Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons supports his theory that the carnivore was not a hunter but a scavenger.

According to Horner:

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“In our census, T. rex came out very high, equivalent in numbers to Edmontosaurus, which many people had thought was its primary prey,” said Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., and Regents Professor at Montana State University. “This says that T. rex is not a cheetah, it’s not a lion. It’s more like a hyena.”

“This putative apex predator is as abundant in the upper layers of the Hell Creek Formation as the herbivores, its reputed primary food source,” added Goodwin, a curator in UC Berkeley’s Museum of Paleontology and assistant director of the museum. “And it’s even more plentiful in the other two-thirds of the formation. This supports the view that T. rex benefited from a much wider variety of food sources than live prey.”

Horner and his rival, rock-star paleontologist Robert Bakker, have a long history of disagreement on this subject. (Bakker believes the beloved beast was indeed a predator.)

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