Anyone who knows me is aware that dinosaurs (namely the mighty brontosaurus) are my absolute favorite! Dinosaurs have always intrigued and charmed me, from the adorable ‘Littlefoot’ from The Land Before Time to scientific documentaries that re-created the beasts in their reptilian (and feathered!) nature, fighting on the plains and chewing prehistoric grass in the water.
So I was over the moon to learn that after the sad rejection of the Brontosaurus in favor of the Apatosaurus (they called it a misclassification,) the Brontosaurus is finally getting some more attention and research is pointing in the direction that it might just be a dinosaur after all.
A team of researchers in Europe have found that after careful study, the Brontosaurus has enough varying details from the skeletons of Apatosaurus that they can’t possibly be the same species. Though definitely related, there may just be the slight genetic split that brings back my favorite dinosaur.
According to Wired, “Essentially we have been trying to figure out these damn dinosaurs since the first carcass was pulled out of Colorado in 1877,” says Matthew Mossbrucker, at the Morrison Natural History Museum in Colorado.
It was previously through that the Brontosaurus was little more than a juvenile version of the larger Apatosaurus, but recent bone evidence suggests the smaller specimen may have been full grown all along.
Welcome back, Brontosaurus!
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