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Star lover
April 12th, 2018, 07:12 AM
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia is the oldest natural history institution in the western hemisphere.

Founded March 21, 1812, for "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences and the advancement of useful learning," it began as a pure research institution, sponsoring expeditions to collect plant, animal and mineral samples from around the world. In 1828, it opened as a museum for the public.

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Among its more recent research finds are the bones of a supermassive dinosaur called Dreadnoughtus schrani, unearthed in Argentina in 2005.

The name Dreadnoughtus means ‘fear nothing’ and refers to the 1906 battleship H.M.S. Dreadnought, which was huge, thickly armoured and virtually impervious to attack - just like a fully grown Dreadnoughtus.

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The schrani part of the name was given in recognition of the American entrepreneur Adam Schran who helped finance the team working on the fossil.

Evidence from the skeleton of the Dreadnoughtus suggests it was probably not fully grown when it died.

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Height: 20 ft. (At Shoulder)
Length: 85 ft.
Weight: about 65 tons

KPH
April 12th, 2018, 09:21 AM
Holy cow that's big!

grammaterry
April 12th, 2018, 10:22 AM
Try to feed that critter. Vegetarian? Omnivor?

Star lover
April 12th, 2018, 10:39 AM
Try to feed that critter. Vegetarian? Omnivor?

It was a herbivore.