October 6th, 2014 15:37 EST
New Discovery of Swimming Dinosaurs: A Mysterious Tale of Prehistoric Times?
"The link between science and dinosaurs is as unknown as what you think could happen when you meet your fiancÃ©s parents for the first time." (Anselm, R.)
Learning about dinosaurs always fascinated me when I was younger. To imagine large animals, some close to or as large as the Empire State building that scurried the Earth millions of years ago is an ever-binding feeling of curiosity. Scientists have always been curious about dinosaurs; their habitability and how they lived but the only clues mainly came from finding old bones of any species of dinosaurs and then piecing those bones together into what was once a large and terrifying lizard that probably ate more than a homeless man at any homeless shelter on Thanksgiving.
Scientists also thought they knew just about everything there was to know about the mysterious creatures until recently when the discovery of the first water borne and swimming dinosaurs rocked the world of science and paleontology.
A fearsome aquatic dinosaur that lived in rivers and large bodies of water known as Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus was recently discovered near the river system of Africa. This large and feared dinosaur swam the rivers some ninety-seven million years ago and was so fierce it was larger than a T-Rex, some fifty feet long and had a huge spine on its back over seven feet tall. It also had huge razor sharp teeth that became very useful as it sliced through the water probably snaring fish with its ugly and cone-shaped interlocking teeth and huge body that had more force behind it when in motion that a one-hundred box car train at full throttle.
New fossils of this creature recently discovered reveal this dinosaur had an aquatic lifestyle with webbed feet and nostrils that sat high up on its head. Probably not the type of thing you would want to suddenly reel on when out fishing off the coast somewhere or get tangled in your fishing nets when combing the waters of New England.
This is really a cool discovery because I always thought dinosaurs lived on land, ate vegetation and each other and shook the Earth as they walked like a Sumo Wrestler falling flat on his back. Dinosaurs probably sounded like a battery ram slamming into concrete as they walked and moved slower than an old lady driving on the freeway in the slow lane. They just didn`t piss off the other driver following them like the slow old lady does, especially during rush hour.
The Spinosaurus was so ugly and revealing in many ways it has now made scientists and researches rethink about what they thought about dinosaurs in general. Nizar Ibraham who is a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Chicago and is the leading study on this creature commented on the Spinosaurus. By saying, "the animal we are resurrecting is so bizarre that it is going to force dinosaur experts to rethink many things they thought they knew about dinosaurs." (Ibraham, N.)
Throughout the century there have been many findings around the world of bones from the Spinosaurus. The findings happened mainly in the Middle East and the region around and in Africa. As scientist found bones and performed extensive research on the bones they came to realize these were not normal dinosaur bones which consist of a hollow medullary cavity usually found at the center of any long bone. These bones from the Spinosaurus were very dense which are normally found in marine animals and the dense bones function as sort of a buoyancy control mechanism for the animal. Scientist through research from the findings of bones and the study of these bones were able to come up with a digital model of this unique dinosaur. All evidence from the digital model and skeleton of this creature pointed to an animal that led a watery lifestyle.
This dinosaur was sort of like a crocodile which does have interlocking teeth which is ideal for catching fish and swimming prey, the high placed nostrils on the head of this dinosaur, the flexible and rudder like tail with small hind limbs, flat paddle like feet which were probably webbed for swimming led scientists to believe this dinosaur was a water living creature. Spinosaurus also had a network of holes and channels which are known as foramina which was found in its snout. The modern day crocodile has the same thing on its snout and uses the holes and channels to detect pressure changes in the water when its prey is swimming.
Paul Sereno who is also a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Chicago summed it up well about the Spinosaurus by saying, "you would not want to meet this animal on land but it was not gallivanting across the landscape." (Sereno, P.)
Sereno then continued to take his opinion about the Spinosaurus to the next level by saying, "It`s a chimera. It`s half-duck, half-crocodile, we don`t have anything alive that looks like this animal." (Sereno, P.)
So, if you are ever swimming in your pool in your backyard or floating on the water-buoyant lawn chair, hat covering your head, sunglasses on trying to look cool like you are at Malibu Beach and suddenly you open one eye and see a large creature with a huge scale on its back about fifty-feet long, just go ahead and close that one eye and get back to relaxing because you are probably asleep dreaming because this creature swam the Earth some 96 million years ago and probably is long gone or is it? Have you ever heard of the Lockness Monster?
First Swimming Dinosaur was Half-Duck, Half-Crocodile, Pappas, Stephanie, (2014) Live Science Contributor (www.livescience.com) Retrieved October 2014.
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