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Newly discovered dinosaur bones found in Argentina

Dr. José Luis Carballido (right) and coach Pablo Puerta kneel down for a photo next to one of the fossils at the excavation site.
Dr. José Luis Carballido (right) and coach Pablo Puerta kneel down for a photo next to one of the fossils at the excavation site.
Photo by Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio

According to recent reports from IFLScience.com, and Fox News, three years ago a farmer in Chubut, Argentina discovered what could potentially be the largest dinosaur ever to have lived. Paleontologists from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio have begun excavating the site and found about 150 well-preserved bones from seven separate individual specimens.

The remains are believed to have come from a new species described as titanosaur; an appropriate title given to very large herbivorous sauropods. It's also believed that the creature lived about 95 million years ago, in the late Mesozoic era, but an official name has not been given, and will not until it is properly published in a scientific journal. The researchers working on the project have expressed that they will choose a title that pays tribute to the region, the farmer who discovered the remains, and the sheer size of the dinosaur.

Argentinosaurus is the current holder of the record largest dinosaur to have ever lived, one of the largest being mounted at Museo Carmen Funes stretching 39.7 meters (130 feet) long and 7.3 meters (24 feet) high, and weighing it an an incredible 7.7 tons. It's estimated that the complete reconstruction of this new titanosaur, however, will be around 40 meters (130 feet) long, 20 meters (65 feet) tall, and weigh in an dwarfing 100 tons; those figures, of course, being speculative estimates.

Jose Luis Carballido, a paleontologist at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew, Argentina who is leading the excavation, said Friday in a press statement that this find was, "..."a true paleontological treasure."

"There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen."

In a press statement from the museum's website, Carballido affirmed that the team is "still working on this extraordinary site. We estimate that one fifth of the excavation process is completed, so there is still much work to do and probably much to discover.”

As of now, there is still much speculation as to the size and weight of the creature uncovered, and as more data pours in from the dig site, more information will be available to paint an accurate portrait of what this incredible behemoth once looked like.