Saturday, 16 April 2011

Why do people think archaeologists dig out dinosaurs??

We talked about the extinction of the Megafauna in the Americas a few weeks ago, meanwhile.... 
This appeared in the most important Italian news paper “La Repubblica”. For those who have problems with the Italian language, the title of the video is “Chile: the dinosaur incisors is 16 cm long”. Then it goes on with “At Padre Hurtado, a little Chilean village close to Santiago, a group of archaeologists directed by Pablo Masilla have found a well preserved cranium of a Mastodon “. In the video the Mastodon is defined as a “primitive proboscidate that populated America some millions of years ago”. 

Watch the video:

If you want to know more: Dinosaurs and Mastodons

Thanks to David Bowman for pointing it out in the Le Scienze’s blog
And to Machi for inspiring the post's title :-)

The Mastodon is not a Dinosaur but a kind of Mammut. The "incisors" of the Mammut were actually the more then a meter long tusks, while the 16 cm long tooth is a molar. Mastodons disappeared about 10.000 years ago, not millions of years ago...those were, again, the dinosaurs (65) :-)


  1. And what about the Megafauna in the Beni???
    When we will searching for some real big skulls???

  2. Dear Bernhardo san... I have a plan, my friend :-) But we will have to wait till 2012 to be famous :-)

  3. I love it when a plan comes together!