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We all know that Magnapaulia was the biggest lambeosaurine hadrosaur that ever lived, but did you know that Kritosaurus means "broken lizard" due to the original specimen being found with broken nasal bones? Did you also know that the name Charonosaurus highlights the fact that it was found near a river by paying homage to the role of Charon in ferrying souls to the underworld along the Styx River? Also note that the name Hypacrosaurus means "under the top lizard" because Barnum Brown considered Hypacrosaurus to be almost the size of T. rex.
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsMeadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work University of Cambridge, August 14, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814093417.htm Australian Scientists Just Found A 'Perfectly Preserved' 275 Million Year Old Starfish Fossil, Rae Johnston, Gizmodo https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/australian-scientists-just-found-a-perfectly-preserved-275-million-year-old-starfish-fossil/ Starfish the size of dinner plates discovered at Gascoyne Junction, Curtin Uni, West Australian, August 13, 2017 https://thewest.com.au/news/wildlife/starfish-the-size-of-dinner-plates-discovered-at-gascoyne-junction-by-uwa-curtin-uni-researchers-ng-b88567204z The paper is: Aaron W. Hunter and Kenneth J. McNamara. 2017. Prolonged co-existence of “Archaic” and “Modern” Palaeozoic ophiuroids – evidence from the early Permian, Southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14772019.2017.1353549 Yours, Paul
Here's an interesting article about a giant sauropod found in Xinjiang, China: http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/forschak/2267836/ (in German) Xinjiangtitan is truly a giant for its time, with a length of about 100 feet long, far bigger than Bellusaurus and Klamelisaurus (also from the Wucaiwan Formation [=lower Shishugou Formation] of Xinjiang]). Therefore, it's clear that gigantism in sauropods existed 20 million years before Supersaurus and Diplodocus hallorum lumbered through the floodplains of western North America as the largest-ever sauropods of Late Jurassic North America. I'd be curious to see if Xinjiangtitan is as big as the largest Alamosaurus specimen described by Fowler and Sullivan (2011).