In the scientific article “A giant sauropod dinosaur from an upper Cretaceous mangrove deposit in Egypt,” by Joshua Smith, Matthew Lamanna, Kenneth Lacovara, and Peter Dodson it is indicated that a giant sauropod named Paralititan Stomeri was discovered in a desert area in western Egypt in 2001. The skeleton was dated back to ninety to one hundred million years ago, which is the late Cretaceous period. Paralititan is a sauropod, which is thought to be the second largest that has ever lived. A partial skeleton of this enormous sauropod was found. What was found is seen when the authors write, “The specimen consists largely of vertebrae, pectoral girdle, and forelimb elements” (Dodson, Lacovara, Lamanna, and Smith). The largest bone found was a 1.69 meter long humerus, which is an upper arm bone. This was the first find in the area since 1935.
The area where the bones were found is called Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis. The last time this site was explored was when a German, named Ernst Stromer, found four smaller dinosaur species. Stromer believed that the fossils he found came from a period in the Upper Cretaceous around ninety three to ninety nine million years ago. Included in stromer’s findings were fish, turtles, plesiosaurs, squamates, crocodyliforms, and four dinosaurs: the theropods Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, and Bahariasaurus, and the sauropod Aegyptosaurus (Dodson, Lacovara, Lamanna, and Smith).
Unfortunately most of these fossils were destroyed in 1944 when the Allied forces bombed Munich during World War II.
The period around ninety to one hundred million years ago is characterized by a very small variation in temperature between the north and south ...
... middle of paper ...
... in that area. The discovery of the Paralititan supports the theory that the two continents were attached through the late Cretaceous, because it is closely related to the Argentinosaurus. This discovery is exciting because it is another very large sauropod and, because it helps support the theory that Africa and South America were still connected through the late Cretaceous period.
Dodson, Peter, Kenneth Lacovara, Matthew Lamanna, and
Joshua Smith. “A giant sauropod dinosaur from an
Upper Creataceous mangrove deposit in Egypt”.
Science. Washington: June1, 2001. Vo. 292, Iss.
Roach, John. “’Tidal Giant’ Roamed Coastal Swamps of
Ancient Africa”. National Geographic News. 2001.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- I. Christopher Columbus: Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. He was inspired by merchants and mariners. As a teenager, he joined the crew of a merchant ship. In his twenties, he settled in Lisbon with his brother, making maps for a living. Later on, he married a woman whose father had connections with the captains on Henry the Navigator’s ship. The couple settled in Madeira as Columbus visited multiple trading posts on the west coast of Africa. During his sailing trips, Columbus read some books that stimulated his curiosity, such as Natural History, written by Pliny.... [tags: Christopher Columbus, Expeditions, Discovery]
1449 words (4.1 pages)
- Brown: The Last Discovery of America completes Richard Rodriguez's three-volume work in which he explains and explores the ethnic and racial future of America. In this particular book, the author defines the color brown not as the representation of the Hispanic race but as the color of the future. Black, white, yellow, the author explains, are incorrect racial categories for it is not how nature works. Nature yearns for combination of all different colors, and brown is the final result. In the chapter "Hispanics," as seen through imagery, personification, and humor, Richard Rodriguez upsets the reader to show that racial categorization is unfit and that racial barriers are meant to be broken... [tags: Rodriguez Last Discovery America]
1393 words (4 pages)
- The Discovery of DNA Deoxyribonucleic or DNA is known as the building blocks to all life on Earth, both dead or alive. The initial discovery of DNA was made by Johann F. Miescher in the 1860s. DNA is made up of four building blocks – adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T) discovered by Albrecht Kossel. Below we cover the in-depth discovery of DNA, the main scientist involved in the discovery, the importance and impact the discover of DNA had on society. The discovery & Scientists involved.... [tags: DNA, Genetics, Human, Human Genome Project]
1077 words (3.1 pages)
- Discovery canvas is the discovery tool that helps the discovery team to find and arrange any project prerequisites and also helps in identifying different approaches. The discovery canvas guides team through the discovery phase in two ways,: to begin with, it prompts the team to think some fundamental questions. Furthermore, it serves as a visual structure for arranging what the team finds. The discovery canvas is not fixed to a specific necessity theory or methodology. Teams are allowed to pick the methodology that suits them best.... [tags: IPhone, Mobile phone, IPod Touch, Apple Inc.]
1004 words (2.9 pages)
- The Discovery of Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica While working in Antarctica, two separate research teams with hundreds of miles between them each made astounding discoveries. They discovered dinosaur fossils. Antarctica has been home to many other dinosaur fossil finds but what was so special about these fossils is that they were from an unknown species of dinosaurs. Really what the discovery compliments is that the discovery of these fossils encourages the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift.... [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
1128 words (3.2 pages)
- Philosophy originates from the Latin words Philo and Sophia meaning 'love of wisdom'. This love of wisdom doesn't always come easy, and often students of philosophy will question everything they previously knew, but questioning is the precise purpose of philosophy. Sometimes the answers aren't always there, and everyone's answers are not the same; this is the joy of philosophy. An important aspect of philosophy is the aspect of the self. In the textbook Philosophies for Living, edited by Robert Timko and Joan Hoff, various authors provide contrasting sets of ideas and beliefs pertaining to the self.... [tags: Philosophy ]
1723 words (4.9 pages)
- Discovery of Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs in Argentina The difficulty in re-constructing dinosaurs for television and movies lies in the fact that not everything can be preserved. Fossilized bones create the skeleton of a dinosaur, thereby allowing scientists to study how they moved, how big they grew, and how different body parts worked as a whole. But what children see on television: the scaly green skin of the brontosaurs or the brown hair of a mastodon may not hold much fact. Unfortunately, particular physical features cannot be fossilized.... [tags: Anthropology Essays Paleontology Papers]
1377 words (3.9 pages)
- Drug is a chemical which alters the processes in the organism, which is used in the medicine for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the diseases (Farlex, 2011). Drug discovery is a long term process that needs money investment. The process of drug investigation takes approximately from 9 to 15 years during which the number of chemicals that can become drug is reduced from 10,000 to 1-2 (Saparov, 2011). Even after manufacturing the drug is studied by scientists for modifying its structure, delivery and effects on the organism.... [tags: Drugs ]
927 words (2.6 pages)
- Discoveries reveal things that we often would prefer to keep hidden. Discuss the concept of “Discovery” and the effects it has on those who are involved. You must refer to your set text and supplementary material which you have studied in relation to this topic. The topic discovery involves the reviling of past things that were previously unknown. These truths can range from physical objects to self-awareness, from new knowledge to hidden memory. However, discovery can be such a powerful thing that some things may be better left hidden.... [tags: essays research papers]
594 words (1.7 pages)
- “If Christopher Columbus Returned to the ‘New World’ in the year 2000, what evidence of his discovery would he find?” Christopher Columbus set sail August 3, 1492 in search for a new route to the West Indies. Sailing west from the Canaries, his ship was tossed around by trade winds, which ultimately guided his fleet off course. Due to his new route, Columbus came across land, which we know today as America. When Columbus arrived to the New World, he thought he had reached his required destination, the West Indies.... [tags: essays research papers]
737 words (2.1 pages)