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Year in review: Roster of dinosaurs expands

Evidence suggests warmer, fuzzier beasts

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2:00pm, December 15, 2014
Dreadnoughtus schrani

RETHINKING DINOS  With the discovery of several new species like Dreadnoughtus schrani — one of the largest dinosaurs ever found, weighing about 60 metric tons — and a few dogma-shaking revelations, dinosaurs got a total rethink in 2014.

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Dinosaurs roared into the news this year with the discovery of several new species and a few dogma-shaking revelations.

One skyscraping goliath found in Argentina was a plant eater that reached about as tall as a two-story building at its shoulders and weighed more than seven T. rexes (SN Online: 9/4/14). Scientists named the giant Dreadnoughtus (for “fears nothing”) schrani.

Another beast, dug up in Portugal, was a new T. rex–like species called Torvosaurus (“savage lizard”) gurneyi.

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