London’s Natural History Museum Adds 552 Newly Discovered Species

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The Natural History Museum added two new species of carnivorous dinosaurs called spinosaurids last year. Anthony Hutchings

Meet Some of the 552 Species Described for the First Time by London’s Natural History Museum

by Rasha Aridi/Smithsonianmag.com

Last year, researchers at the Natural History Museum in London (NHM) described 552 species new to science. The collection of plants and animals—both alive and extinct—included menacing dinosaurs, ancient invertebrates and an 90 colorful beetles, Ashley Strickland reports for CNN.

The museum added six new dinosaur species to its menagerie, including two carnivorous species called spinosaurids, which had T. rex-like bodies with giant crocodile heads when they walked the Earth millions of years ago. The towering dinos were known as the “riverbank hunter” and the other as a “hell heron,” Patrick Pester reports for Live Science.

“Although we’ve known about the UK’s dinosaur heritage for over 150 years, the application of new techniques and new data from around the world is helping us to uncover a hidden diversity of British dinosaurs,” Susannah Maidment, a paleobiologist at the Museum says in a press release. “These specimens are parts of a vast palaeobiological jigsaw puzzle that allows us to understand environments of the past and how they changed over time.”

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  1. Animals were much bigger in the distant past because the earth was much smaller, and gravity was less and thus it required less energy to move.

    The earth continuously gets larger and larger as it collects space dust and rocks over the many millions of years.