Experts have found remains of a giant dinosaur in Argentina, and they think it may be one of the largest creatures to ever walk on Earth before some a hundred million years.
Paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of a 98-million-year-old known as Titanosaur (derived from titan that means giant in Latin) in Neuquen County, north of Patagonia, northwestern Argentina, in a thick sedimentary rock known as the Candelros Formation.
The 24 vertebrae of the tail, parts of the pelvis, and the thoracic girdle, which have been discovered, are believed to belong to the genus Titanosaur, a variety of Sauropod dinosaurs, characterized by their large size, long neck, and tail.
In research published in the journal “Cretaceous Research,” experts believe that the creature is “one of the largest sauropods means lizard-footed)) that have ever been found,” and can exceed the size of Patagotitan, a species that lived between 100 million and 95 million years ago.
And its length is 122 feet or 37.2 meters.
“It is a huge dinosaur, but we expect to find more skeletal parts in future field trips, so we will have the ability to confidently deal with its true size,” paleontologist Alejandro Otero told CNN via email.
Titanosaur fossils have been found on all continents, except for Antarctica.
Without analyzing the humerus or femur of the dinosaur, experts say it is not possible to determine how much this creature weighs yet. Nevertheless, experts said that the partially recovered dinosaur “could be considered one of the largest of titanosaurs,” with the possibility of its body mass exceeding or comparing it to the mass of the Patagotitan or Argentinosaurus.
The Patagotitan was perhaps one of the largest land animals in the world at all, weighing up to 77 tons, while Argentina and Saur were also giant, measuring up to 40 meters and weighing up to 110 tons.