"Cool" new long-necked dinosaur

"Cool" new long-necked dinosaur

A newly-discovered dinosaur was about 15-metres long and had a neck that could stretch almost eight metres.

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Image from Lida Xing, one of the discoverers of Qijianglong.

"Cool" new long-necked dinosaur

If you collect dinosaur models, it shouldn't be long before you can get a very unusual new one.

It is known as Qijianglong, the ‘Dragon of Qijiang,’ the district of China where it's skeleton was found.

"Qijianglong is a cool animal," says Tetsuto Miyashita, a member of the team of scientists who has been studying it. "Imagine a big animal that is half­ neck."

The huge dinosaur lived about 160 million years ago, was about 15 metres long and it's shoulders stood about two to three metres off the ground.

Far above that was it's head, supported by a neck that could stretch almost 8 metres long.

Scientists studying the bones in the neck say it was very interesting. It appeared to be filled mostly with air, making it remarkably light-weight. They also say it was much better at moving up and down rather than sideways – sort of like a giant crane.

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Vocabulary

  • collect (verb): to gather together a group/set/amount of things, often of the same sort - สะสม, เก็บรวบรวม
  • cool: clever; impressive - ดีเลิศ (คำสแลง)
  • crane: a tall machine used for lifting or moving heavy objects and building tall buildings - ปั้นจั่นยกของหนัก
  • discoverer (noun): a person who finds somebody/something that was hidden or that they did not expect to find - ผู้ค้นพบ,ผู้พบ
  • dragon (noun): a large dangerous creature in old stories that breathes fire and has wings and long pointed tale - มังกร
  • giant: very large; much larger or more important than similar things usually are - ยักษ์
  • imagine: to form a picture of something or someone in your mind - นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน
  • model (noun): a, usually small, copy of something - แบบจำลอง, รูปจำลอง, สิ่งจำลอง
  • neck: the part of the body between the head and the shoulders - ลำคอ (อวัยวะ), คอ
  • remarkably: in a way that is unusual and surprises or impresses you - อย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ใจ
  • shoulder: one of the two parts of your body between your neck and the top of your arms - ไหล่
  • sideways (adv): to, towards or from the side; with one side facing forwards - โดยมองไปด้านข้าง, มองข้างๆ, เฉียงๆ, เอียง
  • skeleton: the structure of bones that supports the body of a person or an animal - โครงกระดูก
  • stretch: to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction - ขยายออก, ยืดออก
  • unusual (adj): different from what is usual or normal - ผิดปกติ

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