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May 19 2014, 6:43pm CDT | by Jason Brumett
Scientists have discovered what may be the largest dinosaurs ever have walked on the earth after an initial dig pulled up an amazingly large set of bones.
In a report by CNN, the dinosaurs unveiled Saturday by Argentina's Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio may be the largest to grace the Earth. At about 130 feet (40 meters) long and 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms), it's no wonder, then, that these colossal creatures are dubbed titanosaurs -- titan being a nod to the giants of ancient Greek mythology.
"It's like two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together," said Jose Luis Carballido, a dinosaur specialist at the Argentinian museum who played a big part in the discovery.
Titanosaur was a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod that walked on four legs and lived during the Cretaceous Period, approximately 95 million years ago.
Jose Luis Carballido, also said in a statement Friday that a Titanosaur weighed "the equivalent of more than 14 African elephants.
"This is a true paleontological treasure," Carbadillo's statement continued. "There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen."
Photos posted on the museum website show a fossilized femur larger than the paleontologist pictured next to it.
Experts believe that the remains of seven dinosaurs, as well as the broken teeth of carnivores, are among the 200 fossils found at the Chubut site where the giant femur was found.
The site of the discovery in Argentina holds the remains of seven dinosaurs, about 150 bones total. The site was in 2011 in the desert near La Flecha, near Trelew, Patagonia.
The size of the previous holder of the title of world's largest dinosaur, the Argentinosaurus, was calculated from just a few bones.
"Originally thought to weigh in at 100 tons, [Argentinosaurus] was later revised down to about 70 tons — just under the 77 tons that this new sauropod is thought to have weighed," the BBC reports.
The Titansaur still needs to be named once the team of scientists and researchers complete the excavation process and have ample time to determine a good fit for the incredibly large beast.
"It will be named describing its magnificence and in honor to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery," the researchers said.
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