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Seven stories tall, 100 tons, 'Titanosaur' was the largest lizard to ever roam the earth

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/19/2014 (3 years ago)
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As heavy as 14 African elephants, titanosaur currently holds world record for largest dinosaur

The Tyrannosaurus Rex must now relinquish its crown as the largest and most intimidating dinosaur to walk the Earth: Scientists now believe that the species of the titanosaur weighed in at 170,000 pounds, as heavy as 14 African elephants. The intimidating lizard was seven stories tall as well.

According to the measurements of its gigantic thigh bones, the herbivore would have been 130 feet long and 65 feet tall.

According to the measurements of its gigantic thigh bones, the herbivore would have been 130 feet long and 65 feet tall.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/19/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Argentina, Titan-osaur, dinosaurs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The argentinosaurus currently holds the record for being both the heaviest land animal ever, and the longest. That's now being challenged by the latest find in Argentina.

The Thigh bones

The Thigh bones' connected to the...: A technician next to the femur of a dinosaur -- likely to be the largest ever to roam the earth.


The more recent fossils were then excavated by a team of paleontologists from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol. Unearthing the partial skeletons of seven individuals, about 150 bones in total, the finds were described as being in "remarkable condition."

Starvation never takes a vacation --

One of the paleontologists lies next to the femur of sauropod.

One of the paleontologists lies next to the femur of sauropod.


According to the measurements of its gigantic thigh bones, the herbivore would have been 130 feet long and 65 feet tall.

The newly identified South American dinosaur uses its whip-like tail to fend off predators in this 2

The newly identified South American dinosaur uses its whip-like tail to fend off predators in this 2014 illustration.


Paleontologists think it is a new species of titanosaur, which is part of a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs that were characterized by their long necks and tails and small heads. These dinosaurs enjoyed their heyday during the Cretaceous period.

 Paleontologists Jose Luis Carballido (L) and Ruben Cuneo pose next to the bones of a dinosaur at a

Paleontologists Jose Luis Carballido (L) and Ruben Cuneo pose next to the bones of a dinosaur at a farm in La Flecha, west of the Argentina's Patagonian city of Trelew.


The "mega-dino" would have weighed in at 77 tons, making it seven tons heavier than the previous record holder Argentinosaurus.

 According to paleontologists from the renowned Egidio Feruglio Museum, Jose Luis Carballido and Rub

According to paleontologists from the renowned Egidio Feruglio Museum, Jose Luis Carballido and Ruben Cuneo, the fossils are that of a sauropod and preliminary tests dates the fossils at some 90 million years old.


Living in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, the new species has yet to be named.

The fossilized bones of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered have been found in Argentina.

The fossilized bones of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered have been found in Argentina.


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

The discovery came hot on the heels in the very same week scientists confirmed the Argentinosaurus to be the biggest of them all.

That plant-eating dinosaur weighed an earth-shaking 90 tons when it lived about 90 million years ago in Argentina. That record has been broken by this exciting new find.

Oxford University paleontologist Dr. Roger Benson, who led the study, says the scale used to designate this new species included those ranging from small bird-like dinosaurs to well-known carnivores such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Weighing in at seven tons, the Tyrannosaurus Rex was the largest meat-eating dinosaur in the study. It's dwarfed in comparison to the Argentinosaurus.

On the other side of the spectrum, the sparrow-sized bird Qiliania, which lived about 120 million years ago in China, earned the distinction of being the smallest dinosaur, weighing a mere 15 grams.

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