This Week In History News, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

Published October 5, 2018
Updated October 16, 2018

Gigantic new dinosaur discovered, the violent history of Mongol China comes to light, and a 400-year-old shipwreck leaves researchers in awe.

This Newly Discovered 26,000-Pound Dinosaur Was Once The Biggest Creature To Walk Planet Earth

Ledumahadi Mafube Drawing

Viktor Radermacher, University of the WitwatersrandAn artist’s rendering of Ledumahadi mafube.

Some 200 million years ago, a 12-ton dinosaur that was double the size of an African elephant stomped around South Africa.

In a study recently published in Current Biology, a team of researchers revealed that a recently unearthed fossil led them to the discovery of a new dinosaur species that they’ve named Ledumahadi mafube.

The dinosaur’s name translates to “a giant thunderclap at dawn” in Sesotho, a South African language spoken in the region where the dinosaur’s bone was found.

The Jurassic era animal, which was a close relative of the brontosaurus, was massive. The researchers believe that it weighed 26,000 pounds and was the largest land animal of its time.

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This Ancient Octagon-Shaped Tomb Uncovers The Cruel History Of Mongol-Ruled China

Chinese Tomb

Chinese Cultural RelicsThe 700-year-old tomb was first discovered by archeologists in 2012.

Archaeologists in Yangquan, China discovered a tomb which dates back 700 years to when the descendants of Genghis Khan ruled over China. One can imagine that life under the rule of descendants of Genghis Khan was not easy. While eventually, the Chinese were able to reclaim their territory in 1368, the tomb reveals a glimpse into what exactly life was like in Mongol-era China.

See more in this report.

This 400-Year-Old Shipwreck Is Being Touted As The “Discovery Of The Decade”

Shipwreck Near Portugal

Augusto Salgado/Cascais City Hall/Handout via ReutersDivers at work during the discovery of the shipwreck on Sept. 24, 2018.

While searching the sea floor off the coast of Portugal, archaeologists recently discovered a shipwreck believed to be a whopping 400 years old.

According to Reuters, the researchers contend that the ship may have sunk while returning to Lisbon from India with spices and other items sometime between 1575 and 1625.

“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade,” said Freire. “In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”

Discover more here.

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