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Discovered fossils in Argentina yield giant dinosaur

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A new species of titanosaur unearthed in Argentina.

The new fossil remains excavated in southern Argentina have represented the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

The skeletal analysis of the found bones demonstrated size of the beast measured 26m from head to tail and weighed in at almost 60 tones, as heavy as 14 African elephants.

The palaeontologists also unravel that the skeleton belongs to a giant titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur which was still growing at the time of its death.

The study on the discovered 70% of the key bones reveals that the young animal’s life was cut short in a catastrophic flood, according to the study report appeared in the journal Scientific Reports.

A local farm worker first stumbled on the remains in the desert near La Flecha, about 250km (135 miles) west of Trelew, Patagonia.

This giant herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, based on the age of the rocks in which its bones were found.

“It will be named describing its magnificence and in honour to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery,” the researchers said.

The study was led by Kenneth Lacovara from Drexel University, Philadelphia, US.


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