New fossils change view of aquatic dino


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Oh hey there, T-Rex and Velociraptor. You are officially no longer the biggest, badest hunter in dino-land.  That title belongs to the Spinosaurus, the largest known predatory dinosaur and now science knows that this guy? He liked swimming.  He liked it so much that he spent most of his time in the water.  You can think of the Spinosaurus as a massive, horrifying crocodile.

This 15 meter long (that’s a whole 3 meters longer than the T-Rex) could gobble sharks whole, had paddle-like feet and could seal off its nose to swim under water.  It could also walk on all fours on land with short legs which meant that it could stand in shallow water and wait for things to come by into its maw of death.

Researchers have known about the Spinosaurus for over a century but have only recently been able to fill in the blanks on the creature, including its forgoing of land to hunt the waters thus changing the idea off it from a heron-style bird of death to monster crocodile trolling the waters in prehistoric Africa.

Sounds like fodder for a new SyFy movie.

Source: NewScientist

Author: Nicole Drum

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