The Italian Almanac


Italian News - May 3

Italian scientists have made a major dinosaur discovery in South America. A team from the Natural History Museum at Lerici near Genoa have discovered Titanosaurus bones that could change the accepted picture of the huge leaf-eating beast.

"The morphology (body shape) of the Titanosaurus could well have to be re-assessed after we're through looking at these four extremely well-preserved skeletons," said Lerici museum chief Beppe Mecconi. Knowledge of the growth, lifestyle and eating habits of the 80-million-year-old herbivore could also be boosted, Meocci said. "We have adult skeletons and baby ones, allowing us to gain information on the life cycle".

The Titanosaurus ('titanic lizard') was an enormous dinosaur that had a long neck, a long tail, and a small head. It had a heavy body with bony armor on the back. A shy, acquatic beast, it lumbered its way through the last part of the age of the dinosaurs. It was one of the great sauropods, the largest animals ever to tread the face of the Earth.