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Bones Reveal The Brontosaurus Had An Older, Massive Cousin In South Africa

The scientists think when this new dinosaur was alive, it was the largest creature ever to have walked the Earth. And unlike the lumbering creatures that came later, it could pop up on its hind legs.
An artist's reconstruction of Ledumahadi mafube, which means "a giant thunderclap at dawn," foraging during the early Jurassic in South Africa. Source: Viktor Radermacher, University of the Witwatersrand

Millions of years before the brontosaurus roamed the Earth, a massive relative was lumbering around South Africa.

Scientists think this early Jurassic dinosaur was the largest land creature ever to have lived. And unlike the even bigger creatures that came later, they think it could pop up on its hind legs.

They've dubbed the newly discovered dinosaur , which translates in the Sesotho language to "a giant thunderclap at

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