Scientists in Argentina have discovered dinosaur bones that indicate a new species far larger than ever previously known. Estimates based upon the 150 bones found put the "titanosaur" at over sixty-five feet tall, one hundred and twenty feet long, and weighing seventy-seven tons.
It was discovered by a farmer in 2011, and paleontologists have been excavating the site ever since. Based upon the "remarkable condition" of the fossils, it had a long neck and tail, with a relatively small skull. Despite its overwhelming size, the dinosaur is believed to have been a herbivore, roaming through the forests of the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago.
Researchers Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol said:
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. It will be named describing its magnificence and in honor to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery.
It's like two semi trucks, one after another, and the equivalent of more than 14 African elephants together in weight.
Such dimensions put the focus on the extent to which these animals may have grown. It's a real paleontological treasure.
What a cool (and giant) find...