The 65-Ton, 85-Foot-Long Dreadnoughtus in the Room

The anti-science crowd will be working overtime this weekend to account for this one: scientists have unearthed what could be one of the largest living things to ever walk the planet, a dinosaur so massive that it may have been heavier than a Boeing 737-900 passenger jet.

The report from the L.A. Times:

This hulking dinosaur stood two stories tall at its shoulder and weighed as much as seven Tyrannosauruses rex. It measured 85 feet from head to tail, including its 37-foot-long neck and 30-foot-long muscular tail.

Scientists are hesitant to say that Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest dinosaur species that ever lived, but it is certainly right up there.

Based on the size of the femur, or thigh bone, and the humerus, or upper arm bone, scientists believe this Dreadnoughtus weighed 65 tons when it died 66 million to 84 million years ago. (They are still working on getting a more precise age.) That would make it heavier than a Boeing 737.

And here’s the kicker: Skeletal evidence suggests that at the time of its death, the gargantuan creature was still growing.

You’ve gotta love science.

Your move, creationists. Time to figure out how two of these got on the Ark right there alongside humans and every other animal to have ever existed, and then fit it all within a timeline of only 10,000 years.

Speaking of which, this classic clip from The Revisionaries comes to mind:

9 thoughts on “The 65-Ton, 85-Foot-Long Dreadnoughtus in the Room

  1. How about two eggs on the Ark?
    This one was still growing? It must have died in the flood before it got to its full age.
    I love science!

  2. Ron has a problem. Read the following from the KJV:

    19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

    20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind; two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

    You will note that the Lord did not send Noah and his family out to gather up all the animals from every corner of the Earth. He made the animals come to Noah. Two of every sort of living animal was supposed to come to him. The scripture is talking about living animals that could walk, those that could not walk, and all were to be capable of breeding. The scripture says nothing about eggs at all, and the last time I looked, eggs do not walk or swim to arks. Then when they all got there, Noah was supposed to bring them into the ark.

    It also says that Noah was supposed to bring “two of every living thing of all flesh.” That means everything that lives on land and in the streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. The scripture provides no exemption for things that already live in the water. The Lord plainly says: “Every living thing of ALL flesh.” It gives no flesh exemptions whatsoever for water creatures. Sure, you can say logic only dictates that waterborne creatures would have been exempt, but the second you do that you are departing from what scripture plainly and simply says—and are depending instead on your own understanding, which God emphasizes in the Book of Proverbs that you are to never do as a Christian. Therefore, according to the KJV, we had an ark loaded down with two of every dinosaur species, two blue whales, two of every other kind of whale, and two of every other species in all the lands and oceans of the Earth—and they had to fit in a boat 450 ft in length.

    Good luck on that!!!!

    1. Technically, he would have had to take on either saltwater or freshwater creatures depending on whether the flood was salty or not. Eggs would pose another problem. How to know which eggs contain females and which males (for those species where it is not dependent on the temperature)? The egg delivery would not be the problem since HE could of course command the egglaying females to come to Noah and lay them right into the storage containers. 😉
      I had once a joke discussion about how Noah got all the animals back to their home location. After discarding the big catapult and parachute hypothesis, the ‘natural’ explanation would be that continental drift started only after the flood and the re-distribution of animals was its main purpose. Thinking about it now, this would also solve the problem of how slow animals got to Noah in time to be loaded into the ark. In order to fit into the YEC timeframe, continental drift must have been quite speedy. Look left, look right, then left again before you cross the ocean, or you may get run over by a speeding continent 😉

    2. The point of the question was how could such a large dinosaur fit in a much smaller space. Without giving any source, I suggested a natural way that would accomplish it. Charles, once again you bring in God and the Bible to our discussion, not me. You would argue that God and the Bible are not science, so why would you bring them into this conversation where I provide a natural idea that answers the question? Big animals aren’t always big…something seen in science every day. Are you disputing that?

  3. Thanks (not!) for reminding me about McLeroy who in the words of Dawkins, referring to Kent Wise, is “a disgrace to the human species.”

  4. How did Noah feed all these animals? And the guy said the lower deck was for the “poop”. It must have been filled to capacity in three days. Oh, and there’s the question of water.

    1. Simple: Shit chutes 😉
      Plus all the shit would be needed to feed all the insects (those alone would sink the ship by sheer weight btw given the huge number of species). As for water, who says the sea was salty already? According to the Babylonians the flood made use of the huge fresh water ocean (apsu), so the salt content of the mixture would have been low in any case. You may say that the Babylonians, being heathens, did not know anything but the same fresh water reservoir is mentioned in the Bible too, even in the full-length version of the 10 commandments (‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’).

      I love nonsensical discussions about things like these. The Noah’s Ark story provides for huge opportunities of that (how did Noah get all those trees transported to the building site, what story did he tell his workers, how did he pay them, how did the animal convoy to the ark stay unnoticed, how did an olive tree get on Mt.Ararat to sprout the twig for the dove to collect….?

  5. Here’s an ad hoc explanation for you, Ron… “this fossil is just false evidence planted by the devil to misleads the faithless!… yeah, that’s the ticket.”