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Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina

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The Biggest Dinosaur Ever is Discovered in Argentina.

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1. Scientists claim 'World's largest dinosaur' is discovered in Argentina.

2. 'World's biggest dinosaur' unearthed in Argentina desert.

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These claims of a newly discovered 'Biggest Dinosaur' have been widely shared online, along with a photograph where a man is seen sleeping beside a giant size bone structure. Like many could have thought, these are not any hoax messages using a photoshopped image, this time it is real! Scientists have indeed reported they have discovered the 'World's Largest Dinosaur' in Argentina desert.

About the Discovery

About a year ago, a local farm worker came across some remains in the desert near La Flecha, about 250km (135 miles) west of Trelew, Patagonia. After excavations, Paleontologists unearthed the partial skeletons of seven individual animals that likely died during a period of droughts - about 150 bones in total - all in "remarkable condition".

The picture shows a paleontologist posing beside the fossilized bones of a dinosaur in Argentina that is believed to be the largest creature ever to have walked on the Earth. Scientists believe it to be a new species of Titanosaur - a giant herbivore that lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago. The new dinosaur is said to be a type of Sauropod similar to Argentinosaurus, illustrated in the last picture of Image Gallery.

The Size

As shown in Image Gallery, the huge thigh bones of the discovered dinosaur are taller than an average man. Scientists have estimated that the new dinosaur species was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall, which is equivalent to a seven-storey building. It is said to weigh 77 tonnes, as heavy as 14 African elephants, and 7 tonnes heavier than the previous world record holder, Argentinosaurus, which was also discovered in Patagonia. Shown in the video is a news report talking about this latest discovery.

The giant discovery aside, Dr Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert from London's Natural History Museum agreed the big critter is genuine, but cautioned that there are a number of similarly sized big sauropod thigh bones out there. ”Without knowing more about this current find it’s difficult to be sure. One problem with assessing the weight of both Argentinosaurus and this new discovery is that they’re both based on very fragmentary specimens — no complete skeleton is known, which means the animal’s proportions and overall shape are conjectural,” he added.

References:

'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered
'World's largest dinosaur' discovered in Argentina
Scientists claim world’s largest dinosaur find

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Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina
Biggest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina

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