Discovery of the fossils in northwest China
According to a publication from Thursday, scientists confirm the discovery of two gigantic dinosaurs in Northwest China.
In recent years there have been several discoveries of fossils from China’s northwest region, the Turpan-Hami Basin and Xinjiang included.
The fossil findings include pterosaurs (flying reptiles), preserved embryos and eggs, and various other parts which the scientists identify as belonging to three mystery dinosaurs.
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Origins of the two dinosaurs
As per researchers, the two specimens were from previously unknown and have been unearthed for the first time. Scientists named them Silutitan sinensis — “silu” meaning “Silk Road” in Mandarin — and Hamititan Xinjiangensis, named after the region it was found. And incorporating the Greek word “titan,” meaning “giant,” due to its humongous size.
Moreover, according to them, the Silutitan specimen is estimated to be over 20 meters (65.6 feet) long, while the Hamititan specimen was 17 meters (55.77 feet) long. With this, the skeletal remains of the dinosaurs are compared along with the size of blue whales, which grow up to 23 to 30 meters (75 to 98 feet), depending on their hemispherical location.
Furthermore, the researchers, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Museum of Brazil have published their findings in Scientific Reports as part of the Nature family of journals.