No, New Sauropod Did Not Survive “The Great Extinction”

I'm always happy to see fossil finds in the news. How that news is presented is another matter. Right after all the hype about the "BIGGEST DINOSAUR EVER!" - or not - news sources have been muddling the story of a different scrappy sauropod also found in Argentina. Contrary to headline hooks, paleontologists haven't found a sauropod that "survived the great extinction."

The new dinosaur, described by Pablo Gallina and coauthors in PLoS One, is named Leikupal laticauda. That title speaks to the dinosaur's significance. Leikupal translates to "vanishing family", underscoring the fact that this long-necked dinosaur was perhaps ...

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