Digging Deeper into Dreadnoughtus: Dinosaur Interview with Ken Lacovara

Drexel News Blog

Kenneth Lacovara, PhD with Dreadnoughtus schrani fossils. Kenneth Lacovara, PhD with Dreadnoughtus schrani fossils.

A team led by Drexel University’s Kenneth Lacovara, PhD announced a major new dinosaur discovery with a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports on Sept. 4, 2014. The dinosaur is BIG. So big that we could only fit the highlights and main points of interest into the press release – read that for a general overview of the find. Below is Part I of the extended cut of our interview with Lacovara, featuring more insight into the dinosaur’s anatomy and lifestyle.

What did you discover?

This is a new genus and species of dinosaur, which we named Dreadnoughtus schrani, represented by the most complete skeleton ever found of a supermassive animal. In life if fleshed out, this would have weighed 65 tons. To put that in perspective a full-grown bull African elephant weighs about five tons. So you’re looking at an…

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