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New Dinosaur Discovery in Argentina

May 18 2014, 3:59am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

New Dinosaur Discovery in Argentina
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paleontologists in Argentina have discovered fossils belonging to the largest dinosaur on record

Things have just begun to get beyond interesting for the paleontologists in Argentina who have discovered fossils belonging to the largest dinosaur on record. When this new species of titanosaur was alive, it stood 65-feet-tall, was more than 130-feet-long, and weighed 77 tons (155,000 pounds). While talking to BBC, researchers Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol stated that "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.”

The long neck and tail accounted for most of the enormous length with a smaller skull. And to sum it all up, the T-Rex weighed about 7 tons which pretty much explains everything. The fossils were first discovered by a local farmer back in 2011 and then they were fully excavated by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by Carballido and Pol. The fossils which came from seven different titanosaurs, were described as being in “remarkable condition.”

"Standing with its neck up, it was about 20m high -- equal to a seven-story building." Carballido said. The large size of the dinosaur might be misleading but it is believed to be herbivore belonging to the larger sauropod group of dinosaurs and it walked through the forests of the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. “This is a true paleontological treasure. It's like two semi trucks, one after another, and the equivalent of more than 14 African elephants together in weight," Carballido said. "Such dimensions put the focus on the extent to which these animals may have grown. It's a real paleontological treasure," he added

 

source: yahoo

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