TIME Paleontology

‘Biggest Dinosaur Ever’ Unearthed in Argentina

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A technician lays next to the femur of a dinosaur -- likely to be the largest ever to roam the earth, in Rawson, Chubut, some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of Buenos Aires, May 16, 2014. Museo Egidio Feruglio—AFP/Getty Images

Godzilla has company with this newly discovered, seven-stories-tall marvel of nature. Fortunately for other dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous era, this titanosaur was an herbivore. The remains were discovered in Argentina, and about 150 bones have been unearthed

Move over, Godzilla.

The largest dinosaur ever known to walk the earth has been unearthed in Argentina, and it really is a monster.

Based on its thigh bones, the dinosaur was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall, and at 85 tons, it was the weight of 14 African elephants. Basically, picture a seven-story building as long as a large yacht, and then add a set of teeth.

Scientists believe it is a previously undiscovered species of titanosaur — a herbivore, luckily for other dinosaurs who lived during the Late Cretaceous period.

The remains were discovered in the desert La Flecha about 135 miles west of Patagonia by a local farm worker, and excavated by paleontologists from Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio. About 150 bones have been found “in remarkable condition,” researchers said.

The huge herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, the team said.

[BBC]

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