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New York Museum Displays World's Largest, Newly Discovered Dinosaur

Jan 18, 2016 07:07 AM EST


Last Friday, scientists uncovered a 122-foot long dinosaur. It is so big that even the American Museum of Natural History in New York, home of the biggest blue whale model, may need some extensions.

According to the museum's spokesperson Aubrey Miller, the dinosaur has no official name yet, and its cast of skeleton has already touched its 19-foot ceilings, giving the museum's visitors a surprise when the elevator doors open.

However, paleontologists believe that this giant is a herbivore that belongs to the titanosaurs group. It has a weight of 70 tons, that is, weighing as much as 15 African elephants all together. Miller revealed that a large femur will be one of the five original fossils that will be available for temporary viewing.

The specie was first discovered on the spring of 2014 when a solo farmer scanned his land to search for his lost sheep. He noticed the odd rocky ledge his sheep was standing on, so he called in scientists to investigate, where they found an astounding 8-foot long thigh bone.

The relics were found in the Patagonia region of Argentina, particularly in the desert near La Flecha, where its possible species roamed around some 100 million years ago. The excavation process was carried out by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio spearheaded by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol.

After 40,000 hours' of hard work, what they found was totally magnificent. The team uncovered not only a giant herbivore but also the largest dinosaur, ever. Aside from that, they discovered that seven of these animals also died in the same spot in three separate occasions some 101.6 million years ago.

The latest discovery is a member of the herbivore group known as the sauropods, with long necks, big bodied species. Within this group is another circle called titanosaurs. They followed on the vanishing of smaller sauropods and were found across the globe.

Titanosaur remains are commonly found in South America where other beast giants like Puertasaurus and Argentinosaurus were previously discovered.

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