Move over T-rex, world’s biggest dinosaur discovered in Argentina
Move over T-rex, scientists have discovered the bones of the world's biggest dinosaur, as heavy as 14 African elephants and equal to a seven-storey building, in Argentina.
Paleontologists Jose Luis Carballido (L) and Ruben Cuneo pose next to the bones of a dinosaur at a farm in La Flecha. (Source: Reuters)
The 65-feet-tall new species of titanosaur, 130 feet in length and weighing 77 tonnes, is much heavier than the previous record holder Argentinosaurus, palaeontologists said.
A technician lies next to the femur of a dinosaur at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Argentina's Patagonian city of Trelew. (Source: Reuters)
The remains of the enormous herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period were first discovered by a local farm worker in the desert near La Flecha, about 250km west of Patagonia, the 'BBC News' reported.
A team of paleontologists working at the site where the bones of a sauropod dinosaur were unearthed. (Source: AP)
Scientists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol, then excavated the fossilised bones.
Spanish paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world. (Source: AP)
The palaeontologists unearthed the partial skeletons of seven individuals - about 150 bones in total - all in "remarkable condition".
A girl looks at the original fossilised femur of a dinosaur displayed on exhibition at the Egidio Feruglio Museum. (Source: Reuters)
"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," researchers said.
Visitors look at the original fossilised femur of a dinosaur displayed on exhibition. (Source: Reuters)
"Its length, from its head to the tip of its tail, was 40 metres. Standing with its neck up, it was about 20 metre high - equal to a seven-storey building," they said.
A visitor touches the original fossilised femur of a dinosaur displayed on exhibition. (Source: Reuters)
The giant herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, based on the age of the rocks in which its bones were found.
A girl sits over the original fossilised femur of a dinosaur displayed on exhibition. (Source: Reuters)
However, despite its magnitude, it does not yet have a name, the report said. "It will be named describing its magnificence and in honour to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery," researchers said.
Paleontologist Pablo Gallina speaks to the press about a newly discovered dinosaur discovered in Argentina as he points to an illustration that reads in Spanish "Bones recovered" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Source: AP)
The most recent pretender to the 'biggest dinosaur' throne was Argentinosaurus, a similar type of sauropod, also discovered in Patagonia that weighs about 70 tonnes.
Paleontologist Pablo Gallina speaks to the press about a newly discovered dinosaur discovered in Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Source: AP)