SCIENTISTS FIND SHOCKING ELEPHANT SIZED MAMMAL FOSSIL FROM DINOSAUR ERA
Just look at that thing! It’s a Lisowicia bojani fossil paleontologists found in Southern Poland. The four-legged creature weighed 18,000 pounds! That’s seriously huge. But the find is going to change science’s understanding of of evolutionary history. It means that dinosaurs weren’t the only giants running around in the Triassic era. But ok, this guy wasn’t a true mammal, per se. They’re a type of synapsid, or proto-mammal of stem mammal. In other words, they aren’t part of our ancestral line at all. They’re cousins, like monkeys are to humans. But finding an elephant sized mammal of any kind will rewrite history as we know it.
THIS MAMMAL COUSIN OF OURS LIVED 237 MILLION YEARS AGO!
This giant herbivore from the dicynodont family lived 237 million years ago. But scientists had no idea any mammal of that size existed that far back in time. This fossil is truly a major find. The Triassic was the first of the three periods that the dinosaurs lived in. We’re talking a very long time ago, evolution wise. The paleontologists responsible for the find are Tomasz Sulej from the Polish Academy of Sciences and Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki from Uppsala University. Back in 2008, they knew they found something new with a femur bone 22 inches long. But the new skeleton’s femur measures 31 inches, which astonishingly larger. Their findings came out in a paper in Science Magazine.
IT’S LIKE FINDING A DOG THE SIZE OF AN ELEPHANT, 150 MILLION YEARS EARLY
Dicynodont fossils have been found in Africa, Asia and both North and South America. But until now, we never knew they were ever larger than a dog. Just imagine finding a dog fossil the size of an elephant! That’s an apt comparison. But this creature shows an body design that didn’t appear until many tens of millions of years later. And we’re talking design, not size. Mammals of this size, we thought, didn’t exist until 150 million years later. And as for our ancestors at the time? They were shrew sized and lived at these giants’ feet. For now, this find has raised more questions than answers. But that’s what makes paleontology so fun!