Titanosaurus Dinosaur Fossils Found

Posted: May 20 2014, 8:18am CDT | by , Updated: May 20 2014, 8:24am CDT, in News | Other Stuff

 
Titanosaurus Dinosaur Fossils Found
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Fossils in the form of bones have been found of the Titanosaurus dinosaur.

Paleontology experts have unearthed the fossilized bones of the Titanosaurus dinosaur, the largest of its kind on the face of the earth. The spot from which the remains of this huge monster have been recovered is Argentina.

The evidence in the form of its large thigh bones suggests that it was over 130 feet in length and 65 feet in height. At a colossal weight of 77 tons, this behemoth equaled more than a dozen elephants from the Dark Continent.

The previous titleholder dinosaur in matters of size, Argentinosaurus, has just been eclipsed by the Titanosaurus. It is basically a new find, and is herbivorous. A team of palaeontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol, worked painstakingly to recover its bones from the debris.

The fossilized bones were in mint condition. The whole process of finding the beast was caught on camera and serves as a documentary of sorts.

Judging from the sheer size of the bones that have been brought to light from the subterranean depths it is the largest creature to have ever walked the earth.

"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 researchers told BBC News.

"Its length, from its head to the tip of its tail, was 40m. Standing with its neck up, it was about 20m high - equal to a seven-storey building."

The Titanosaurus stood almost seven stories tall. The creature inhabited the dense jungles of Patagonia. It existed over a hundred million years ago. It has yet to acquire a proper name and has been titled Titanosaurus as a makeshift epithet.

"It will be named describing its magnificence and in honour to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery," the researchers said.

The titanic size speaks for itself. The previous find was labeled the Argentinosaurus in honor of the country of origin. But it was not the real titleholder as far as size was concerned.

The researchers and the public both were swayed by its sheer magnitude. But today that past record has been broken by a wide margin. The Titanosaurus has emerged a winner that has beat Argentinosaurus hands down.

It was a big blunt beast that ruled over its domain. The sheer size of the animal meant that it had few if any predators. It was a gentle giant since it ate green plants and vegetation though.

Dr Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert from London's Natural History Museum, said:

"Without knowing more about this current find it's difficult to be sure. One problem with assessing the weight of both Argentinosaurus and this new discovery is that they're both based on very fragmentary specimens - no complete skeleton is known, which means the animal's proportions and overall shape are conjectural.

"Moreover, several different methods exist for calculating dinosaur weight (some based on overall volume, some on various limb bone measurements) and these don't always agree with each other, with large measures of uncertainty.

"So it's interesting to hear another really huge sauropod has been discovered, but ideally we'd need much more material of these supersized animals to determine just how big they really got."

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