Scientists unearth largest dinosaur species in Patagonia

New massive dinosaur was 'largest creature to ever roam the Earth'

New massive dinosaur was 'largest creature to ever roam the Earth'

Scientists believe that a newly discovered dinosaur that weighed as much as the space shuttle could be the largest animal to have ever walked the Earth. The name roughly translates to the "giant from Patagonia" - with a nod to the Mayo family, who own the farm where the fossils where found.

A skeleton of the dinosaur is already on display at the American Museum of Natural History in NY.

The bones of the largest known species of dinosaur was discovered during excavations in the South of Argentina. The species, named Patagotitan mayorum, is thought to have weighed around 62 tonnes and measured more than 35 metres from nose to tail. Researchers who examined and dated them said the long-necked creature was the biggest of a group of large dinosaurs called titanosaurs. But what truly sets these plant-eating dinos apart is their monumental size - the team estimates that P. mayorum averaged about 37 meters (122 feet) in length and grew to 6 meters (20 feet) in height at the shoulder. It's so big that the dinosaur's head sticks out into a hallway at the NY museum. You could stack 12 African elephants on top of the other and mayorum would still likely outweigh them.

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Those numbers make the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other meat-eaters "look like dwarfs when you put them against one of these giant titanosaurs", Pol said. The co-author of the study, Diego Pol, believes that the dinosaurs were probably not so scary despite their intimidating body because trying to run and move quickly is quite challenging for massive animals.

Pol said "the million-dollar question" was finding out "what happened 100 million years ago in Patagonia" that allowed these animals to be "contenders for the heavy weight championships of dinosaurs".

"Getting up. Walking around".

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And Patagotitan mayorum was truly a titan in every sense of the word.

The researchers explain why the titanosaurs reached such great dimension by assuming it lived during an explosion of flowering plants that allowed the species to thrive. Along with a forest, it was like an all-you-can-eat buffet for these dinosaurs and they just got bigger.

The fossil found, was so big that it took two weeks to unearth it.It was a thigh bone, and the largest ever found-eight feet from end to end.

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