Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance

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    Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance


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    21 April 2019

    A foot fossil

    A Rhoetosaurus brownie foot

    Jay P. Nair and Andréas Jannel

    By Yvaine Ye

    A 24-tonne dinosaur appears to have stood on its tip toes. A fossil analysis reveals how its bone structure meant it couldn’t have flattened its feet on the ground, and instead may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance.

    Rhoetosaurus brownie lived around 170 million years ago and was a type of sauropod dinosaur. Sauropoods walked on all fours and had long necks and tails. They are the largest land animals ever known to exist and the group includes Diplodocus.

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