A team of scientists has recently unearthed massive, 98-million-year-old fossils in southwest Argentina. According to the team, this may have belonged to the largest dinosaur ever discovered.
As per a Wednesday statement from the National University of La Matanza‘s CTYS scientific agency, the Human-sized pieces of fossilized bone belongs to the giant sauropod that seems to be 10-20 per cent larger than those attributed to Patagotitanmayorum which is the biggest dinosaur ever identified.
The Sauropods were massive. In fact, they are the largest terrestrial creatures to have ever lived. They were long-necked, long-tailed, plant-eating dinosaurs the
Among them, Patagotitanmayorum, also found in Argentina is weighed in at about 70 tonnes and was 40 meters (131 feet) long which is equal to the length of four school buses.
Alejandro Otero from Museo de La Plata of Argentina is working on putting together a likeness of the new dinosaur from two-dozen vertebrae and bits of pelvic bone uncovered so far. He has also published a paper on the unidentified dinosaur for the scientific journal Cretaceous Research.
For scientists, the biggest discovery will be the large femur or humerus bones, which are helpful in estimating a long-extinct creature’s body mass.
As informed by palaeontologist Jose Luis Carballido of the Museo Egidio Feruglio, the massive fossils in question were discovered back in 2012 in the Neuquen River Valley. However, excavation work began only in 2015.
Carballido, who worked on the classification of Patagotitan a few years ago, said, “We have more than half the tail, a lot of hip bones…It is obviously still inside the rock, so we have a few more years of digging ahead of us.”