Scientists Discover that Spinosaurus was the Cretaceous Godzilla

by Carolyn Sotka


Illustration by Davide Bonadonna/Nizar Ibrahim/Simone Maganuco (Science Magazine, Sept. 12, 2014 – Vol. 343)

With a sail for its back, and paddle feet – the first evidence for an ‘aquadino’ was found in 97-million-year-old freshwater sediments in eastern Morocco. Spinosaurus is the only known swimming dinosaur of its kind. It was a sort of Cretaceous Godzilla, (without the ability to breathe radioactive fire) and likely a major predator of the Cretaceous seas.

Published in the September 12th issue of Science Magazine, researchers discovered new Spinosaurus fossils, including parts of the skull, pelvis, and limb bones, which showed adaptations to water similar to those of early whales and today’s hippopotamus.

The fossils confirm that Spinosaurus had very dense bones that would allow it to submerge rather than float on the surface and a skull with a small nostril on the back like a whale or dolphin blow hole.

While in the film Jurassic Park the Spinosaurus battled a T-Rex,  it’s likely that the Spinosaurus was less capable on land, despite being bigger in body size than the T-Rex. Check out the epic fight here.

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