Giant Dinosaur Fossil Found in Antarctica
A vertebrae found on James Ross Island could belong to the biggest animal to ever roam Antarctica.
Argentinian paleontologists have discovered a vertebrae fossil belonging to massive titanosaur – in frickin’ Antarctica. The discovery is believed to be the largest ever dinosaur found on the planet’s most remote continent, suggesting that many more fossils could be uncovered in the frozen expanses of Antarctica. So far, only three other dinosaur species have been found on Anatarctica: The carnivorous Cryolophosaurus, once known as the Elvisaurus due to its pompadour-like crest, the large plant-eater Glacialisaurus, and an ankylosaur known as the Antarctopelta Titanosaurs belonged to the sauropod family of dinosaurs, which included brontosaurus and other massive, long-necked, long-tailed herbivores. This specimen, found on James Ross Island, is believed to have roamed the planet during the late Cretaceous period, about 70 million years ago. Dinosaurs would have had to have come to Antarctica before it split from the supercontinent known as Pangea, which occurred between 150 and 140 million years ago. At the time, it would have had to have been far more hospitable – think running fresh water, lush plant life – to sustain species as large as titanosaurs.