Paleontologists have discovered in Argentina the fossil remains of a “titanosaur”, which they say may belong to the largest dinosaur in history. And while so far they have only discovered a few bones, there is no doubt that they are of a monstrous nature. One that probably measured more than 120 feet from head to tail and weighed a tremor of 220,000 pounds.
CNN reported on the new fossil, that paleontologists are in the midst of digging in Argentina. Paleontologists found the 94-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in thick sedimentary deposits and say they now have pelvic bones and parts of its skeleton that helped connect the giant’s legs to his body.
“It’s a huge dinosaur, but we hope to find much more skeleton in future field trips, so we’ll be able to confidently tackle how big it was,” said Alejandro Otero, a paleontologist at the Museo de Argentina Plata, said on CNN. Otero and several colleagues published an article in the magazine, Cretaceous research, sketching dino bones.
Otero et al. to say that it is not yet clear to which exact genus this massive dinosaur belongs. They say, however, that it is probably larger or comparable to the Patagonian or Argentinosaurus. Patagotitan and Argentinosaurus are genera belonging to Titanosauria; a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs. (Sauropods were long-necked quadrupedal herbivores that lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous and, by the way, sneezed Lex Murphy at Jurassic Park.)
Otero and his colleagues also say that this dinosaur helps fill the picture of how the titanosaurs looked. Which means this jumbo sauropod is proof that the smaller titanosaurs spent time with larger ones. And that these differences in size could explain the existence of sauropod diversity in the late Cretaceous.
Moving forward, the goal is to gather as many dinosaur bones as possible. And find out their genus and species. Definitely difficult tasks, but if completed, they can lead people to rethink how much the Earth shook when the dinosaurs roamed it.