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Breaking News: T-Rex Spotted in Sydney

Written by Leonardo Antonini

Sydney, Australia, 4th April 2017.

After the sensational sighting last night of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, an animal believed extinct for 65 million years, in the streets of Sydney city centre, the worldwide press has placed the spotlight on the Australian city.

At first, the extraordinary appearance gave rise to an atmosphere of fear and incredulousness to the people of this famous oceanfront city.  When it had turned out that the 5-metre tall lizard was in reality more docile than a 20- centimetre poodle, men, women and children began to overcome their fears and pet the friendly Cretaceous beast on its tail and legs, and even trying to ride the now- seemingly harmless dinosaur.

The scientific community are gathering to explore the reasons for the Tyrannosaurus Rex’s prolonged absence, or rather, understand the science behind his “geological” sleep.

Scientists, in the majority, agree that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago. This generally accepted theory explains that a meteorite collided with our planet, sweeping away almost all forms of life. This is the most accepted theory.

There is another theory, termed endogenous extinction, which claims that the demise of the dinosaurs was not caused by the impact of a cosmic rock. This theory revolves around the idea that evolution led dinosaurs to develop gradually larger sizes to allow for easier thermoregulation of their blood, which being reptiles, is cold.

Their colossal dimensions, on the other hand, required an increasing amount of food to be ingested. Food that, in a fatally vicious circle, became scarce due to over-grazing by the hungry herbivores of the period. Many plants began to die, followed closely by Brontosauri, Apatosauruses, and Iguanodons - and of course, Carnivores, who missing their prey, soon suffered the same fate.

It is the theory of another group of scientists who believes dinosaurs became extinct by starvation, due to the massive sizes these creatures reached and the amount of food they required to live (Argentinosaurus huinculensis, Dreadnoughtus schrani). Increasing your appetite in a period of famine does work in favour of a species.

Our Tyrannosaurus Rex of Sydney, however, escaped these evolutionary theories. And not only him.

Last month’s news about the discovery of large collection of fresh prehistoric footprints near the Gibson Desert, which perplexed the scientific world, unable to explain how this could have happened, supports today’s news. These footprints suggest that an enclave of dinosaurs might be living in a sort of enchanted valley, a paradise lost, suspended in time.

The whole world is looking forward to knowing the exact location of this cretaceous ark that defies the laws of time and geology, of this true mirror of life on our planet millions of years ago. The academic world has already started to refer to this geographic region as The Lost Continent, loosely referring to the myths of Atlantis.

However, another name is on everyone’s lips: DINOMESS

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