Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered In Argentina
Scientists in Argentina discovered what may be the largest dinosaur ever recorded and unveiled their discoveries on Saturday at the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina.
New Species Of Titanosaur Discovered
In 2012, scientists in Patagonia, Argentina, discovered fossils of a new species of titanosaurs, herbivore dinosaurs who lived 95 million years ago. Titanosaurs are the largest animals, ever recorded, weighing around 180,000 pounds and measuring 130 feet in length – 7 tons heavier than the dinosaur previously believed to be the largest to ever walk the earth, Argentinosaurus. When standing, they are believed to stand at the height of a seven story building. Dinosaur specialist Jose Luis Carballido described the animal as “two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together.”
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Researchers also confirmed that the animal was the largest recorded, saying, “Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new dinosaur is the largest animal known that walked on Earth.”
Scientists believe that they uncovered “a dinosaur cemetery” containing 200 fossils, and based on their findings they were able to reconstruct seven titanosaurs. These seven dinosaurs are believed to have died together of dehydration or some other natural cause. However, they also discovered over 60 teeth believed to belong to carnivorous dinosaurs, suggesting that the dead titanosaurs were eaten by carnivores, who lost their teeth biting into the hard skin.
Paleontologist Diego Pol who worked on the dig is particularly excited about the find, telling CBS, “And now we have discovered over 200 bones of a completely new species, and therefore we will be able to study how these animals grew, how these animals moved on Earth…”
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