Paleontologists have unearthed what promises to be the largest dinosaur yet discovered.
A dig in Argentina’s Patagonia region has revealed a thighbone measuring over 8 feet in length from a creature that walked the earth during the Cretaceous Period over 95 million years ago.
Jose Luis Carballido, of the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew, Argentina, suggested that the dinosaur, a member of the “titanosaur” branch of ancient creatures, “weighed the equivalent of more than 14 African elephants.” That would be at least 100 tons.
Carballid called the find a “true paleontological treasure” and said that, “There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen.”
The site was discovered back inn 2011 but it is only now that researchers have been able to uncover more of the remains.
This newest creature will remind most people of the famed Apatosaurus (sometimes mistakenly called “Brontosaurus”) with its long tail, large body, and long neck. These were gigantic plant-eating behemoths that roamed the Cretaceous Period.
Along with bones of this new, yet to be named creature, 200 fossils have been uncovered including the broken teeth of carnivores. The remains of perhaps as many as seven separate creatures have been revealed.
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