Holy moly, this is cool. A new dinosaur discovered in China boasts a neck that takes up greater than half the size of its physique.
The new dinosaur known as Qijianglong (pronounced “CHI-jyang-lon”) — the title means “dragon of Qijiang” — is about 15 meters lengthy (simply over 49 ft) and lived greater than 160 million years in the past throughout the Late Jurassic interval, in response to the paleontologists who discovered it. The dinosaur was uncovered in 2006 by building employees, when their “digging … hit a sequence of enormous neck vertebrae stretched out in the floor,” in response to the College of Alberta’s web site.
Their discovering is critical as a result of “the new species belongs to a bunch of dinosaurs known as mamenchisaurids, identified for his or her extraordinarily lengthy necks typically measuring as much as half the size of their our bodies. Most sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs, have necks solely about one-third the size of their our bodies.” Its neck vertebrae was largely full of air, making it unimaginable mild, due to this fact permitting it to be so lengthy.
They lately printed their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.