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The Forgotten Giant

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May-21-2013 11:36 AM

In 1973, a new species of the family Carcharodontousaridae was described by Chinese paleontologist Dong Zhiming. A medium sized theropod, it measured roughly 30 feet long. It was given the name Kelmayisaurus Petrolicus. It was known from skull fragments including a lower jaw and maxilla, along with a possible vertebrae. Not the largest theropod, but not small. In 1993, however, a possible second species of Kelmayisaurus was found based on an enourmous vertebral column: Kelmayisaurus Gigantus. It's vertebrae we're nearly identical to that of the smaller species, just scaled up. At an estimated 22 meters (72 feet), it would have dwarfed even the largest Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus, which measured up to 18 meters (59 feet). [img][/img] With a build similar to Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus, it would have been the largest carnivore not only of the Cretacious, but perhaps ever. However, the vertebrae, despite being theropod in nature, were dismissed as that of a sauropod and never given a second look. " Why?", you might ask. Well, it could be because its name wasn't catchy enough to attract attention back to it, maybe it's because remains are rare, maybe it's because the vertebrae of the smaller species was lost, or perhaps it's simply because theropods couldn't get that big... Right? [img][/img]

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May-21-2013 11:40 AM

Just look how it would have [url=]dwarfed[/url] the other theropods!

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May-21-2013 1:09 PM

Wow. I wonder if anyone will ever look at the vertebrae again... Do you know what happened to the vertebrae?

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May-21-2013 2:40 PM

It could be a sauropod. Both theropods and sauropods were members of saurichia and would have had some similarities. I have a hard time believing a theropod could have gotten that big.

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May-21-2013 2:43 PM

Sadly, I have looked into this myself and it appears Kelmayisaurus Gigantus is a [i]nomen dubium[/i], a specimen that is loosely determined by scanty remains, in this case a vertebra and fragments of jawbone. Makaveli7, the vertebrae you speak of has come into question and could possibly be that of a sauropod dinosaur, at least the K. Gigantus. In any case, it's uncertain that a therapod dinosaur could ever reach this size. The K Petrolicus, however, HAS been placed in the Carcharodontosaurid family and is not that large, but similar in size to Allosaurus.

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May-21-2013 3:27 PM

There is a carcharodontosaurid called [url=]Sauroniops[/url] in reference to the [url=]Eye of Sauron[/url] of Tolkien. [img][/img] I think that should be on this site the Giga team and the Raptor team. :D


May-21-2013 8:20 PM

well we cant do a giga team due to there not being an appearance of one in any of the movies yet, a raptor team however may be possible...

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