There Are Too Many Dinosaur Discoveries to Note
As a true fan of dinosaurs you may find yourself asking just how one dinosaur discovery outdoes the other simply because they’re all so intriguing. The thing is though, that while all dinosaur discoveries are awe inspiring, some make such an impact that they stand out from the rest. Below I will take a look at 4 amazing dinosaur discoveries in no particular order.
Four Amazing Dinosaur Discoveries
Dinosaur Discoveries List #1: Yutyrannus
Yutyrannus was discovered in China and first described by Xu Xing et al. in 2012. This early-Cretaceous relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex makes the list as one of the top discoveries in paleontology because it backs up the theory that some Tyrannosaurs were actually feathered.
Dinosaur Discoveries List #2: Sue
No top 5 dinosaur discovery list would be complete without the mention of Sue. Sue was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in 1990 Sue is the largest and most well preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil to ever be discovered and she also makes history as the oldest T-rex specimen known to date. Sue died at 28 years old. Sue can now be viewed in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.
Dinosaur Discoveries List #3: Leonardo the Brachylophosaurus
Leonardo the sub-adult Brachylophosaurus was discovered in 2000 in the Judith River Formation in Montana. What was remarkable about this specimen is that it was fully articulated and partially mummified. Brachylophosaurus specimens are few and far between, but Leonardo is special because not only does the specimen offer skin imprints but also offers evidence from it’s preserved internal organ structures!
Dinosaur Discoveries List #4: Massospondylus Nest Site
The discovery of a Massospondylus nesting site in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa was another significant dinosaur discovery. What was most amazing about this discovery of at least 10 nests with around 34 eggs per nest is that it has numerous implications as to what we believe about dinosaur parenting. Small footprints around the nesting site indicate that this prosauropod cared for its young as well as returned to communal nesting sites to lay eggs. This Massospondylus discovery marks the oldest known dinosaur nest discovery to date.
What are your favorite amazing dinosaur discoveries?