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BY STEVEN SPARKMAN You're watching multisource science news analysis from Newsy How do you name a new dinosaur species? Look for something weird about it. Researchers announced the discovery of a new species from fossils overlooked for more than a decade. Oklahoma City’s KWTV shows how the animal finally got noticed. “It wasn’t until 2007 when a British scholar was visiting Norman that it was realized this was in fact a new species of dinosaur. Mike Taylor uncovered the never-before-seen hip bone structure, indicating hyper-development of the thigh muscles, and Brontomerus mcintoshi, or ‘thunder thighs’ was born.” Thunder Thighs isn’t a whole skeleton. It’s a small collection of bones from an adult and a juvenile animal, and those don’t include any leg bones. KFOR TV explains how scientists know this sauropod had great legs. “The reason why researchers believe these bones don’t belong to, well, any of the other dinosaurs here, is this bone right down here. It’s the hip bone. Specifically, this projection right here at the end of the hip bone. It’s much, much wider than anything else you’ll find in any other long-necked dinosaur.” That hip bone is where the thigh muscles attached. Along with a shoulder bone they’ve recovered, the researchers believe these bones show Thunder Thighs had unusually powerful muscles for moving the legs forward. Now, it could be those muscles were for moving long legs like a giraffe. But they could instead have been used for kicking, as in this illustration showing Thunder Thighs fending off a raptor attack. (Video source: University College London) The lead researcher leans toward a kicking dinosaur, telling the Guardian other ways its kick might have been used. “Brontomerus mcintoshi could deliver a kick nearly three times as powerful as that from similar-sized sauropods, a weapon that males may also have unleashed on each other when fighting over females... ‘It may be that males lined up next to each other, side by side, and kicked the crap out of each other...’ ” Paleontologists previously thought long-necked dinosaurs died out after the Jurassic period. But recent finds including Thunder Thighs show sauropods kept kicking for another 50 million years. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Feb 2011
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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR SALEM SOLOMON You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. Springtime is here--and so is the weather. There have been reports of up to 116 tornadoes ripping across eight states over the past few days--and meteorologists say it’s not over yet. DAVID KERLEY: “That high tide is pushing all this water inland in to tributaries, this is one of them. This is Chesapeake Bay--it looks a little bit more like an ocean today. What’s left of tropical storm Ida is contributing to an unusually early in the season nor’easter.” (Video Source: ABC) A nor’easter is a storm that always travels to the northeast from the south--with winds also coming from the northeast. But storms have moved in every which direction over the course of the past week--including an EF-3 tornado in Oklahoma. “An EF-3 can contain wind gusts of up to 165 mph. [County Commissioner Gilbert] Wilson said the tornado started four or five miles west of Tushka and traveled east, destroying homes and the school in the town about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.” (Info: News OK) As for the tiny town of Tushka, Oklahoma itself--an NBC video surveys the damage on a destroyed high school. REPORTER: “Survivors are struggling to piece together what’s happened and what comes next. Some of the most severe damage was at the high school.” MAN: “From a school stand-point, a total loss. I don’t see a possibility of having school in these buildings again.” HIGH-SCHOOLER: “We don’t even know where we’re going to hold our graduation.” REPORTER: “Just one of so many questions this community and others in the strike zone must answer.” ..and KWTV reports even more problems for the Sooner State--looters. JACQUELINE SIT: “There’s a lot of people misplaced from their home this morning, just like this puppy, who actually just literally walked up to me right now, seems like he’s misplaced from his home, too, but unfortunate incident that’s going on out here in Tushka, Oklahoma this morning. Officials tell us that there’s a lot of officers patrolling the area to keep the looters out of certain neighborhoods as well and they’re waiting for the sun to come up to get a better evaluation of how expensive this damage is.” CBS spoke with professional storm chaser Reed Timmer, who says the storms that have hit the southern United States were some of the largest he’s chased in his entire career. REED TIMMER: “The number of storms was substantial. I think we were chasing at least six or eight different tornadic supercells and the environment was so perfect for such a large area, the conditions were setting the stage for a historic outbreak.” But it wasn’t just Oklahoma that was hit hard--this video is from Mississippi. Other southern states like Arkansas and Alabama were also slammed. (Video Source: WDBD) The New York Times reports on the damage in Arkansas-- which includes trees up to eight feet wide ripped from their roots and utility poles snapped like toothpicks. “In Arkansas, most of the fatalities were caused by trees and heavy branches falling on mobile homes, ...Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy … who was sleeping on a couch in his family’s house when an enormous tree crashed through the ceiling and crushed him, the authorities said.” So far, media reports the death toll across the southern states from the tornadoes is seventeen. Get more multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
19 Apr 2011
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