Everyone’s favorite dinosaur, Godzilla, is terrorizing the silver screen once again. And now he’s got company. According to Time magazine on May 17, the world’s largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth has been discovered in Argentina.
The huge dinosaur was 130 feet long, 65 feet tall and weighed in at 85 tons. These measurements are based on the thigh bones found. Basically, the dinosaur was as tall as a seven-story building.
“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.
The discovery was made by a local farmer in the desert La Flecha, located about 135 miles west of Patagonia. The bones were excavated by paleontologists from Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio. The bones are said to be “in remarkable condition.”
The dinosaur was an herbivore, believed to be a previously-unknown species of titanosaur. It dates to the late Cretaceous period. It has not yet been named. "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.
The Late Cretaceous period dates from 89 to 65 million years ago. The era takes its name from “creta,” the Latin word for chalk, more specifically from the chalky rock of southeastern England. This chalky rock was the first Cretacious period sediment studied by researchers. Other dinosaurs of the period were Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus and Triceratops.
Titanosaurs were long-necked and long-tailed animals. They tended to grow very large and had tough, bony plates covering their bodies. They were some of the most successful dinosaurs to ever walk the earth. Oddly enough, Godzilla is a titanosaur.
Approximately 150 bones have been unearthed so far. Dr Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert from London’s Natural History Museum, cautioned that without a complete skeleton “the animal’s proportions and overall shape are conjectural.”
The previous record-holder of “world’s largest dinosaur” was Argentinosaurus, similar to the latest bones found. Argentinosaurus is estimated to have weighed in at approximately 70 tons.