Turiasaurus – The Largest European Dinosaur Known?

Tricky question – What is the biggest Dinosaur known from Europe

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Scientists and palaeontologists are used to fielding lots of dinosaur associated questions Every day researchers receive letters, emails and even faxes with prehistoric puzzlers. Many try to reply them all as best they can, but sometimes a question can pose some problems such as the ones received from a former school associated to dinosaurs and geography are often the most tricky to answer.

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Turiasaurus – The Largest European Dinosaur Known?

A group of Key Stage Ii students and their teacher had been working on a dinosaur topic for the latter part of their school term. As part of the task of work the teacher and her class had ready a map of the world as it looks today, but placed dinosaurs on the map to indicate where fossils of these creatures had been found.This chart was then put on the classroom wall, manufacture up part of their dinosaur themed display. Stegosaurus and T. Rex were placed in North America, Edmontonia in Canada, Microraptor in China and so on. This helps give children an comprehension of geography as well as illustrating the range of dinosaurs and where they lived.

Questions about Dinosaurs from Children

However, from this task a amount of questions were raised by the children. By referring to reference books and such like, the class was able to reply most of the conundrums that had been posed. For some of the more tricky ones they turned to the experts for help.

When seeing a European dinosaurs, the children wanted to know the name of the largest dinosaur found to date, on that continent. This led to quite a moot among the school children and the scientists, but after a consulation it was agreed that it should be the Sauropod Turiasaurus (pronounced Tur-ee-oh-sore-us), a dinosaur whose fragmentary fossils were found in Spain in 2006.

Turiasaurus – Europe’s Largest Dinosaur?

Although only a few fossils were found the 1.8 metre long humerus (upper arm bone) indicates a collassal creature, perhaps more than 35 metres long. Scientists are uncertain as to whether this animal was a Diplodocid like Apatosaurus or a member of the Macronaria like Brachiosaurus, or perhaps it represents an entirely dissimilar type of long-necked dinosaur, but it may have weighed as much as eight fully grown African elephants.

Palaeontologists think that Turiasaurus would be a contender for the title of Europe’s largest dinosaur discovered to date. One of the problems with palaeontology, is that it is all the time exciting forward. New discoveries can turn appropriate philosophy and principles upside down and whilst the group might get excited about the biggest or the fiercest dinosaurs, only a small portion or the overall explore undertaken by scientists is dedicated to answering these definite questions.