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  • Meet Patagotitan, the Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found

    In 2013, an old Argentinian shepherd named Aureliano Hernandez found a fossilized bone protruding from a rock at the farm where he worked. The remains of giant dinosaurs festoon Argentina's landscape, and knowing the strict rules that govern such fossils, the farm's owners - the Mayo family - contacted local paleontologists. By the time the team arrived, Hernandez had passed away. He never knew that as one of his final acts, he had discovered the largest dinosaur ever known.

    The fossil he had found was so big that it took two weeks to unearth it. It was a thigh bone, and the largest ever found - eight feet from end to end. There are photos of paleontologists lying next to it for scale, and they look like bemused pixies, their bodies and imaginations dwarfed by what they had found.

    The bone clearly belonged to a sauropod - a long-necked dinosaur like Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, and Brachiosaurus. Specifically, it was one of the titanosaurs - the last-surviving group of sauropods, and likely the biggest of them. But even known titanosaurs didn't have thighs that big. Team leaders Luis Carballido and Diego Pol from the Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum (MEF) estimated that the bone's owner would have stood 130 feet from nose to tail, and tipped the scales at 77 tons. Speaking to journalists, they compared it to 14 elephants, a seven-story building, and two 18 wheel trucks (with trailers) parked end to end.... More

  • #2
    That must be the one Jesus rode on.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
      That must be the one Jesus rode on.
      Fred's Mexican gardener Jesus?

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      • #4
        It actually turned out to be a wee bit smaller than they initially thought and comes in at number 2 in biggest known dinos, but that's less click baity.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
          It actually turned out to be a wee bit smaller than they initially thought and comes in at number 2 in biggest known dinos, but that's less click baity.
          "... they compared it to 14 elephants, a seven-story building, and two 18 wheel trucks (with trailers) parked end to end."

          Don't ya just know that bad-boy could wolf some hay down ???

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