Vertebrate Paleontology

stack_of_bonesThe mission of Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History is to expand scientific understanding of fossil vertebrates through original research, to collect and preserve vertebrate fossils through field exploration and curation of our fossil collection, and to participate in science education through museum exhibitions, public education, and scientific lectures.


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Dreadnoughtus: A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Sauropod Dinosaur 

Scientists, including Carnegie paleontologist Matthew Lamanna, PhD, have discovered and described a new super-massive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing up to 65 tons (59,300 kg) in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated. Its skeleton is exceptionally complete, with over 70 percent of the bones, excluding the head, represented. Because all previously discovered super-massive dinosaurs are known only from relatively fragmentary remains, Dreadnoughtus offers an unprecedented window into the anatomy and biomechanics of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. For more information, click here.