We learned about how to find fossils and about how the Titanosaur lived by watching Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant (Watch the trailer here, on Nature Online.), airing Wednesday, February 17, 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. We enjoyed it! It was very enriching. Here are ten facts that we learned watching the program:
- Hearts of the largest Titanosaurs were about 6 feet tall and weighed about as much as three adult humans.
- By studying teeth the paleontologists were able to conclude Titanosaurs ate non-nutritious greens like conifers.
- Titanosaurs did not chew their food. They bit it off and swallowed pieces.
- The Titanosaur in the program lived in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
- 40 feet long, (the length of three school buses) the Titanosaurs had incredibly long and muscular necks and tails.
- Paleontologists use computers to animate how the Titanosaurs moved.
- Paleontologists use elephants’ anatomy to compare how Titanosaurs stood.
- Titanosaurs’ legs had more of an angle than that of elephants.
- Paleontologists used plaster and toilet paper to protect bones from weather conditions and to transport them safely.
- A major threat to the Titanosaur was the Tyrannotitan.
We would highly recommend this documentary! Hope you have a good time learning some facts about dinosaurs.
-Written as a group, including Joseph Padalino, Gregory Perosi, Anthony DiFato and others with Megan Welch and Edward Gregory.