Paleontologists have discovered a 98-million-year-old fossil in Argentina of Titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous period. Experts talk about “fossils of one of the greatest creatures ever to walk on Earth.”
Part of the pelvis, chest girdle and 24 caudal vertebrae: These fossil remains were excavated by paleontologists in dense sedimentary deposits in the Argentinian province of Neuquen in northwest Patagonia. The fossils most likely belonged to Titanosaurus, the family of Serbian dinosaurs. Titanosaurus is distinguished by its long neck, tail and vegetarian diet.
Experts say the fossils belong to “one of the largest sauropods ever found” and will exceed the size of the Patagotitin, a species that lived 100 million to 95 million years ago and was 37.2 meters long. This is cool, given that the average size of a dinosaur sauropod is about 12 meters.
“It’s a huge dinosaur, but we expect to find more skeletons in the future,” paleontologist Alejandro Otero told CNN. “Then we can confirm with certainty how big the dinosaur really is.” Without analyzing the femur of a dinosaur, experts could not determine how much a dinosaur weighed. However, they believe that its body mass is similar to that of the Argentine dinosaur, which weighs about 110 tons on average.
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