Lately, the biggest dinosaur ever on this planet has been unearthed by a team of paleontologists in Argentina. The paleontologists were surprised to discover the fossils intact and in remarkably good condition. The fossil remains are believed to belong to the long-necked species of Titanosaur. These giants existed on the planet some 95 million years ago.
Fossils of the giant creature
The fossils were first seen by a local farmer in the desert near La Flecha, about 250 km west of Trelew, Patagonia in 2011. Excavation to unearth the fossil remains started in 2013. Paleontologists from the Museum of Paleontology, Egidio Feruglio excavated these fossils led by Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol.
According Dr. Jose Luis Carballido, the palaeontologist from Argentina, remarked, “This is nothing short of a paleontological treasure. There are a lot of remains and most of them were nearly intact, which is not usual.”
The Argentinosaurus was the largest dinosaur discovered in Patagonia, Argentina which measured 36.6 meters in length.
Amazing measurement of the animals
- Leaving behind even the Argentinosaurus, these fossils have been found to be 40 meter long (130 foot) and 80 tons in weight.
- The paleontologists measured the length and the circumference of the largest thigh bone (femur), to calculate the giant’s weight.
- A total of seven dinosaur fossils were excavated from the site. As good as 150 bones were unearthed by the scientists.
- As researchers analyse, the length of one creature itself is equivalent to two semi-trucks, one following the other.
- The giant creature weighs no less than around 14 African elephants.
The paleontologists discovered that the fossilized femur or thigh of the giant creature was longer that the height of any of the paleontologists present at the site.
Linked to titanosaur
- This dinosaur species is believed to belong to an undiscovered species of titanosaur – a herbivore.
- The distinct features of these huge creatures were their long necks and tails.
- Their huge body bore a small head and considered to be belonging to a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs.
About the fossils from the site
According to the paleontologists, the site suggests these giant creatures perhaps died at the location. The fossil remains of the teeth, perhaps give them a different view to the presence of other scenario as well. The scientists consider this pre-historic herbivore existed during the later Mesozoic Era. During this era, dinosaurs ruled the ecosystem, especially the sauropod dinosaurs.
The fossils also include a number of different bones, from the neck, back, tail and fore and hind legs. It possibly gives an indication of the environment during that period.Scientists discovered remains of plants, large tree logs and leaves indicating the landscape that existed.
More to be revealed
According to the specialists studying dinosaurs, the fossils remains are complete, so determining the size or weight was more predictable. There is more work yet to be done, for the overall excavation of the site. It is presumed, that around 200 fossil remains are located in the central Chubut Province, Patagonia Argentina. Dr. Jose Carballido said that only one-fifth of the site has been excavated, “so there is still much work to do and probably much to discover.”
The excavation involved scientific and technical teams who worked in coordination, to unearth these fossils. The fossils have been preserved in the museum in Trelew city. Experts in various fields of Paleontology and Geology have carefully carried out the excavation and are working on the yet to be unearthed fossil remains.
Scientists are amazed by the excavations the fossils of which have been preserved underneath all these years. They are yet to name these pre-historic creatures. According to them, this is a big discovery and the animal should be named honoring both the region and the farm owners who were the first to discover the fossils. Further research will reveal much more about these giant creatures.