A rancher working in the Argentine desert about 135 miles west of Trelew, Patagonia, may have unearthed the largest dinosaur known to man. After a two years delay, paleontologists now gave a name to the biggest dinosaur discovered yet. They decided to call the largest specimen ever uncovered until now the Patagotitan. So far, paleontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol, have been able to unearth about 150 bones from about seven such dinosaurs.
Why is the Biggest Dinosaur, the Patagotitan Fossils, Excite Scientists
The discovery has many in the scientific community very excited because as this is one of the most complete dinosaurs ever unearthed. They also believe that the 100 million-year-old fossils come from the largest dinosaur ever to live. The team believes that specimens in this species could have weighed over 77 tons and been over 120 feet tall. They may have also been up to 131 feet long.
Scientists give a name to this dinosaur based on where it was unearthed. Based on this, they gave a name to this now extinct dinosaur that was seven tons heavier than the previous record holder. Other scientists suggest that naming this the biggest dinosaur ever to live may be premature.
Dr. Paul Barrett London’s Natural History Museum says, “we’d need much more material of these supersized animals to determine just how big they really got.”
Scientists believed that the Argentinosaurus dinosaur also weighed over 77 tons when it was first discovered, but later evidence caused them to downgrade their estimate to 70 tons.
Besides being fascinated to learn about, paleontologists say that studying dinosaurs is an important way to learn about how the world evolved. Since birds are closely tied to dinosaurs, scientists hope to find out how powered flight in animals originated. Researchers also hope that, as kids are naturally drawn to dinosaurs, this will lead to the getting interested in other scientific areas as well.
Current study results are available in the Royal Society Publishing’s Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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