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Colossal new dinosaur species gets scientific name

Colossal new dinosaur species gets scientific name

The fossils, which include vertebrae and rib bones, are from six young adult dinosaurs, and were all found in the same Patagonian quarry in Argentina.

But the finding turned out to be more than just a big bone.

As the fossils would have been too heavy to mount, the colossal 122-foot (37.2-meter) cast is made up of 3D fibreglass prints of the bones.

In a joint study by scientists from Argentina and the United States of America it was found that the full body length of a giant dinosaur reached 35 meters, and its height can reach 6 meters. They believe it fit into a diverse lineage of dinosaurs known as titanosauria, which itself is a subset of the massive four-legged plant-eaters called sauropods - yet they still wanted to get a better sense of its family before giving a name.

"I don't think they were scary at all", explained Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio paleontology museum in Argentina and co-author of the research.

Based on these proportions, the beast likely weighed about 76 tons - to put that into perspective, the Space Shuttle only weighed about 74.8 tons.

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The name translates as giant from Patagonia, paleontologist Diego Pol told an unveiling ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in NY, where a cast of the colossal creature has been on display since 2016 - so huge that its head and neck extend into a lobby.

"Getting up. Walking around. Probably the weather helped [cultivate] a particular group of plants living in Patagonia", Carballido told Newsweek, adding that giant titanosaurs are thought to have only lived in Patagonia. The structure was so large that the dinosaur head almost goes into the hallway of the NY museum.

"The bigger it was, the less predators will try to attack it", he said.

Studies on fossils from the dinosaur Patagotitan mayorum show that it weighed around 62 tonnes, and measured more than 35 metres from nose to tail.

"It's hard to argue this is not a big deal when it comes to (possibly) the largest land animal ever discovered", says University of Maryland paleontologist, Thomas Holtz, who is not part of the study, via email. "It means that there are bigger dinosaurs out there to be found".