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May 20 2014

A New Leader Emerges: There’s a New World’s Largest Dinosaur

bone1I’m going to file this one under 150 million year old news. Which raises the issue of how we still need a word for old information that is news to us. I’m open to suggestions.

There is a new winner in the category of worlds largest dinosaur. Paleontologists in Argentina are working on uncovering the biggest beasts to have ever walked the Earth.

Based on the size of the thigh bone found at the dig site in Argentina, paleontologists estimate this dinosaur stood 130 feet long and 65 feet tall, and weighed in at a whopping 77 tons. That’s seven tons heavier than what we used to think was the biggest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus. In other words, this jumbo-dino weighed as much as 14 African elephants, and with its neck held high the herbivore was seven stories tall. That’s positively massive.

The bones were first discovered in the desert near La Flecha, roughly 140 miles from Trelew, Patagonia, by a local farmer. Paleontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol, have since uncovered some 150 bones belonging to seven individual skeletons.

Right now they’re still trying to come up with a name for the beast. I suggest we keep it easy and call it the Argentinosaurus XL. What are your suggestions?

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