Dinosaur fans and fossil hounds alike thrilled to the news which came out of Patagonia, Argentina recently. Paleontologists from the Egidio Feruglia Museum have uncovered something big.
According to the San Hose Mercury News they have merely revealed the largest living creature ever to walk upon our planet.
The paleontologists are working with the bones of the largest Titanosaur known to science to date. Thus far they have begun extracting the fossils of seven specimens. The actual discovery was made by farm workers in an arid section of land 1300 miles south of Buenos Aires; the workers reported their findings and soon digging crews were on site.
The new dinosaur, as yet unnamed shapes up as 130 feet long and weighs in at about 180,000 pounds or 90 tons.
CNN World News quotes Dr. Jose Louis Carballido, a member of the museums on site paleontology team:
“Like two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other and the weight of 14 fully grown African elephants.”
The newly found dinosaur lived 95 to 100 million years ago during the late Cretaceous and for all of its size was a placid plant eater. Its body form is similar to that of other familiar sauropods like apatosaurus, diplodocus and argentinosaurus.
Argentinosaurus had been the former record holder for size and weight before being deposed by the new discovery.
Over two hundred bones have been discovered thus far, Fox News reports, and paleontologists hypothesize that this is only 20% of the available fossils on site. These creatures are frequently categorized by only a few teeth or bones and a wealth of new information is expected to be gleaned from this remarkable fossil bed.
Titanosaur is the common name for all sauropods with long necks and tails. The new animal has yet to be assigned a species or genus name. When this is done it will be inserted in the super family Titanosauroidea and the Titanosauria clade.
According to the UK Daily Mail the specific name when issued will honor the beast's spectacular appearance, the region in which it was discovered, and the farm workers who first brought the fossils to the attention of the world.
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