060531 最重甲龍!五噸重龐然大物

最重甲龍!五噸重龐然大物

【民視 】(民視新聞 李漢威編譯)

美國猶他州的考古學家,最近發現了全世界最重的甲龍、也就是長滿厚重鱗片的恐龍。

這個新品種的恐龍,不但全身的甲殼和尖刺讓敵人難以靠近,體重更是高達五公噸。

忽有龐然大物,拔山倒海而來。

這兩句話,應該可以形容美國猶他州最近發現的新品種恐龍。

光是前腳,就相當於一個成年人的身高,從頭到尾巴的長度,等於兩輛汽車。

還有,他全身都長滿了堅硬的甲殼和尖刺,體重更是驚人的五公噸。

猶他州已經出土的甲龍化石,是全世界最多的,不過這次的新發現,卻是畫面上這隻恐龍的三倍大。

不過身為草食性動物,要如何躲避迅猛龍等等肉食恐龍的追殺呢?光是肋骨就這麼長,不難想像這隻五公噸重的恐龍一定氣勢驚人,不過他到底要叫什麼名字才好?

–分格線 我找到一則相關的原文新聞–

S. Utah’s new dinosaur: 6 tons and heavily armored
The Salt Lake Tribune

Southern Utah keeps pumping out the dinosaurs. Among the latest finds to come from a particularly fertile stretch of badland south of Green River is what may be the heaviest-armored dinosaur yet discovered. Reese Barrick, director of the College of Eastern Utah’s Prehistoric Museum in Price, said the beast may have weighed in at 6 tons. “It’s built like a tank,” Barrick said of the 25-footer with spikes and bony plates along its back and sides. An armored relative also from Utah, Gastonia burgei, likely was a third of the size of this yet-to-be-named species. The creature dates to the Cretaceous era, maybe from about 125 million years ago. Barrick said researchers will need time to unearth more of the dinosaur before beginning to fully describe the find. Celina and Marina Suarez, who were graduate students at Temple University, discovered the site in 2004. The graduate students were working with Utah scientists in a nearby area that yielded Falcarius 
 
utahensis, a transition creature for one dinosaur group’s move from meat eating to plant eating. State paleontologist Jim Kirkland turned the site over to CEU, which has worked the area for parts of past two years. Kirkland is working a third site in the area that may contain a host of new species from earliest part of the Cretaceous era, if the dates are proved correct. Field workers at the CEU site have pulled out more than 300 bones, of which about 10 percent are from the armored dinosaur, Barrick said. Most bones from this site are from previously known therizinosaurs, the group that includes Falcarius.
    – Greg Lavine

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