Meet Mr. Titanosaur, The Largest Dinosaur Ever Discovered
The largest dinosaurs ever discovered was found Saturday, when Argentina’s Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio unearthed 130 foot long, 65 feet tall and 170,000 pound behemoths.
T-Rex was at most 40 feet long,” said Dr. Steve Brusatte, a paleontology expert from Edinburgh University.
“If these scientists are correct, you are talking about something that is maybe double the length of T-Rex. Something of this size-at least the adults-would probably have been almost incapable of being taken down by even the biggest carnivorous dinosaurs.”
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These may have not only been the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered but also might have been the largest animals to ever exist.
“It’s like two trucks with a trailer, each one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together,” said Jose Luis Carballido, a dinosaur specialist at the Argentinian museum who played a big part in the discovery.
According to CNN these herbivores dated back to about 95 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period.
In 2011, scientists who were exploring a remote area of Argentina’s Patagonia some 160 miles from the city of Trelew came across a site with some 200 fossils, a find the museum eloquently called “dinosaur cemetery.”
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According to a news release from the museum these experts were then able to piece together seven specimen’s of titanosaurus.
The belief is that they all died there together, possibly after dehydration or being stuck in the mud.
Also found at the site were 60 teeth from a large carnivore suggesting what happened next: The titanousaur remains were eaten.
While large carnivore dinosaurs may have not been able to take down one of these enormous herbivores, it clearly was equally as difficult to eat it after it had collapsed, considering that whatever ate it lost a lot of teeth.
“Probably they went to (eat) the herbivores’ dead bodies,” said Carballido. “But the feast came at a price: The carnivores would lose many of their teeth as they attempted to bite the hard skin and flesh.”
The set of the previous record was by a dinosaur called Argentinosaurus, which was calculated from just a few bones and was found in a similar area in 1987.
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There is some conjecture as to whether or not it can be classified as the “worlds biggest” says Dr. Paul Barrett of London’s Natural History Museum.
“Ideally we’d need much more material of these supersized animals to determine just how big they really got.”
Clearly, if Godzilla ever does appear, we know where it may have originated from.