'Patagotitan mayorum' the biggest dinosaur found in Argentina

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A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs. Per the Atlantic, that means the plant-eating Patagotitan was double the size of the already-huge brachiosaurus and apatosaurus, and about 10% larger than the reigning dinosaur giant, a titanosaur known as Argentinosaurus.

Since a ranch workman first stumbled on the bones of what would turn out to be at least six individual dinosaurs in the southern Argentine desert, paleontologists have been piecing together not just a representative skeleton of the species, but also a better understanding of its features.

If you'd like to compare Patagotitan to the famous carnivores that have made residence in the popular imagination, forget about it: Tyrannosaurus rex, for instance, "look like dwarfs when you put them against one of these giant titanosaurs", Pol told Time magazine.

"There is one small part of this family that has an incredible size", said Diego Pol from the paleontological museum, Egidio Feruglio, in Argentina, who became one of the authors of a study published on Tuesday August 8, 2017, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The structure was so large that the dinosaur head almost goes into the hallway of the NY museum. "It's like when you put an elephant by a lion". "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.

Scientists soon realized that a new species of dinosaur had been unearthed, and it was so big that its femur alone measured 7.8 feet (2.37 meters) in length.

"I do not think they're scary at all", said Pol.

Fossilised bones from six dinosaurs may have belonged to the biggest animal ever to have walked the Earth.

"Getting up. Walking around. Trying to run. It's really challenging for large animals", he added.

"It's hard to argue this isn't a big deal when it concerns the (probable) largest land animal ever discovered", University of Maryland paleontologist Thomas Holtz, who wasn't part of the study, said in an email.

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