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This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Author: Reilly Capps/Saturday, September 6, 2014/Categories: natural history

[Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, stands in his lab among the bones of the exceptionally complete dinosaur skeleton he discovered in Patagonia. Photo from Drexel University.]

Dinos shouldn't need PR. They're the coolest thing that ever walked the face of the Earth, at least until Johnny Cash came along. 

But too many have boring latin names. Allosaurus, for example, means "different lizard." It's like bringing out a new kind of laundry detergent called "Another Soap." 

Thankfully, the discoverers of a new dinosaur have hurdled those difficulties, and named their new dinosaur after an early 20th century battleship, the Dreadnought. The Dreadnought ships had big guns, thick armor, and a mean reputation. They were the drones of 1903. 


[The only Dreadnought still around, the USS Texas. Looks mean. Also a dinosaur of sorts.]

​The Dreadnoughtus dinosaur was a bad ass, if dinosaurs can be said to have asses. She weighed 65 tons, twelve times more than an African elephant, and one ton less than my friend Rick's mom. (Mom slam!) Her tail was 30 feet long and armored, and was basically a weapon, "the most powerful tail that's ever been seen," said researcher Kenneth Lacovara, of Drexel, in this fascinating video:
 
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