Have you ever wondered what the biggest creature to ever walk the earth looked like? Imagine a dinosaur so large, it’s almost hard to believe! Its name? Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus. This dinosaur lived during the Late Jurassic period, and although we don’t have all of its fossils, scientists have tried to paint a picture of how gigantic it was, based on descriptions of a single fossil bone that has since been lost.
The most surprising feature of the Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus was its size. At one point, it was estimated to be the longest known animal at 58 meters (or 190 feet) in length, which is equivalent to the length of two basketball courts laid end to end! That’s as long as a giant blue whale and a humpback whale combined. It was estimated to weigh around 150 tons, which is as heavy as 20 African elephants. Can you imagine a creature that big moving around? However, these measurements have been the subject of debate. Some scientists believe that its size may have been overestimated due to errors in the original description. Paleontologist Kenneth Carpenter suggested that Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus might have been smaller, around 31 meters (or 102 feet) long. Using Diplodocus, another dinosaur, as a reference, he came up with this revised size. Even at this smaller size, Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus would still be a giant. It would be as long as three school buses lined up and would still weigh more than 10 African elephants.
While we may never know the true size of Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus due to the loss of its only known fossil, its potential sizes are truly mind-boggling. Whether it was as long as two basketball courts or three school buses, this dinosaur was a true giant of the Jurassic era. Its size reminds us of the incredible diversity and scale of life on our planet, both past and present. The mystery of Maraapunisaurus Fragillimus continues to captivate scientists and dinosaur lovers around the world.
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