A discovery made over nine years may have produced the largest land animal in the history of our planet.
The bones, found in 2012 in Argentina, consisted of 24 gigantic tail vertebrae, as well as parts of the pectoral girdle and pelvis that indicate they could be a new member of the species. titanosauria, a group of sauropod dinosaurs that just wouldn’t stop growing.
60-20 million years before a meteor ended its reign, giant dinosaurs were really on the prowl. In the land mass that formed modern South America, titanosauria reached heights and lengths never before or since seen on Earth, as members such as Patagontitan, Named for the Patagonia where it was found, it could reach up to 76 tons and grow up to 122 feet from nose to tail.
Now, a 98-million-year-old titanosaur, unearthed in the Candeleros Formation in Argentina’s Neuquén province, threatens to seize the crown of the largest sauropod dinosaur ever found.
“It is a huge dinosaur, but we hope to find much more of the skeleton on future excursions, so we will have the chance to confidently address how big it was”, Alejandro Otero, paleontologist at the Museo de La in Argentina. Silver, told CNN via email.
Load-bearing bones like the femur or humerus would really help shed light on just how large this herbivorous monster was, but while scientists are normally secretive in their writing, the corresponding study of the discovery says that it “probably exceeds Patagotitan in size. “
The other titanosaur of the Candeleros Formation is Andesaurus, which is only a small fry compared to the new discovery, reaching a mere 49-59 feet long. However, it is useful for scientists to be able to say with certainty that during this particular period 98 million years ago, there were more than one titanosaur walking around.
As large as this new dinosaur is, it cannot be compared to the largest phyla in Earth’s history, which is surprisingly still here with us today: the good blue whale, which can weigh up to 173 tons.
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