Dinosaur with powerful thighs kicked predators to death

Published on February 24th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A new species of slurped has been found with massive thighs that palaeontologists hypothesize were used to keep predators at bay. The article at National Geographic also has an awesome illustration of those thighs being put to good use.

The team suspects the dinosaur—a type of sauropod, or plant-eating, four-legged lumberer—used its massive legs to either maneuver over hilly ground or deliver “good, hard” kicks to predators, said Wedel, assistant professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Brontomerus—”thunder thighs” in Greek—may have even attacked like a modern-day chicken, relentlessly kicking and stomping pursuers to death, he added.

“I could only imagine how ill-tempered these sauropods would have been,” Wedel said—as are most birds, dinosaurs’ modern-day descendants.

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Story: Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News | Photo: Francisco Gascó, Mike Taylor, and Matt Wedel

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