OK, dinosaur fans.
Experts have just uncovered the remains of a gigantic dinosaur in Argentina, and believe it could be one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the Earth.
The Mezozoic era was about 252 million to 66 million years ago. This was the time of the really big dinosaur. But few measure up to what are called TITANOSAURS.
Titanosaurs belonged to a group of sauropod dinosaurs which are defined by their long neck and tail, four-legs. Early in their evolution, they were about the size of dogs and omnivorous. But eventually they became herbivores and unbelievably… HUGE.
Now a team of South American paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a massive 98 million-year-old titanosaur in northwest Patagonia in Argentina. This might be the largest dinosaur specimen ever found.
Headed up by researchers from several museums and universities (link below), the fossils were extracted from dense sedimentary deposits known as the Candeleros Formation.
The fossils excavated are believed to belong to be larger than that of all previously discovered mega-relatives like Patago-titan.
The Patagotitan was found in the desert near La Flecha in 2008. It lived about 100 million years ago and measured up to 37 meters (122 feet) long.
Another titanosaur, found in southwestern Argentina in 1987 was officially titled Argentinosaurus. That one grew up to 40 meters (131 feet) long and weighed more than 110 tons. That’s about the weight of an adult blue whale and bigger than a 10-story building.
Titanosaur remains are not unique to South America. Bones have been found on every continent except Antarctica. But this latest finding could be a world record breaker.
In order to determine a more precise measurement of this titanosaur’s size, scientists still have to dig its evolutionary history. But preliminary data shows that it’s most likely larger than Patagotitan Majorum and will probably break the record as the biggest animal EVER to walk the Earth.
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