is hoping to end a decades-long debate: the Brontosaurus — Greek for “thunder lizard” — is, in fact, A new studyboth a distinct genus and species, and should no longer be classified as an Apatosaurus.
The Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus are separate species, the researchers claim in their 300-page paper, citing numerous anatomical variations between their new dinosaurs. They found so many variations, that they deemed the Brontosaurus an “entirely new genus,” Vocativ reported.
“It’s the classic example of how science works,” study co-author Octávio Mateus said in a statement. “Especially when hypotheses are based on fragmentary fossils, it is possible for new finds to overthrow years of research.”
Here’s how we lost the Brontosaurus in the first place:
In 1879, during the so-called Bone Wars, palaeontologist Othniel Charles Marsh, in a race with rival palaeontologist Edward Drinker Cope to discover a new dinosaur, published a short paper describing what he called a Brontosaurus: aRead More »from 'Brontosaurus' making a comeback more than 100 years after scientists killed its name