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Dreadnoughtus - huge, but not the 'hugest'

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Massive props to the authors of the Dreadnoughtus papers, this has to be one of the best documented and figured sauropods of all time, and in quite a short span of time (the specimen was just named four years ago!).

Of course what everyone wants to discuss is the size of Dreadnoughtus. The mass has been downsized a few times since the initial description's claim of 59 tonnes; I don't have anything new to add other than what has been said previously (i.e. it wasn't as big as Argentinosaurus, Patagotitan, the Mexico "Alamosaurus" or Puertasaurus).

Length-wise I get 23 meters along the curve of the back, a bit shorter than the 26 meters in the original paper. Most of that is due to my interpreting a large cervical as the 10th rather than the 9th cervical. Doing so has a knock-on effect that shortens the estimate for most of the cervical vertebrae. It's still got a heck of a long neck, even for a titanosaur. I'd be remiss not to point out that there's no way to tell which position is correct at this point - we will need more Dreadnoughtus cervicals to know for certain, but in the absence of any additional data I'm going with the more conservative interpretation.
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YappArtiste's avatar

What's with the quotes around "Alamosaurus"?