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Sat May 17, 2014, 09:20 PM

‘World’s biggest dinosaur’ discovered in Argentina

Source: Yahoo! News

Paleontologists in Argentina say they recently discovered fossils belonging to the largest dinosaur on record. During its lifetime, the new species of titanosaur is believed to have stood 65-feet-tall, was more than 130-feet-long, and weighed 77 tons (177,000 pounds).

"Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new dinosaur is the largest animal known that walked on Earth," researchers Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol told the BBC.

Its enormous length was spread out across a long neck and tail, with a relatively small skull. To put the newly discovered titanosaur’s enormous size in context, a T-Rex weighed about 7 tons.

The fossils were first spotted by a local farm worker in 2011 and were fully excavated by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by Carballido and Pol. The fossils, taken from seven different titanosaurs, were described as being in “remarkable condition.”

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/-world-s-biggest-dinosaur--discovered-in-argentina-203028038.html

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Zorro May 2014 OP
El Supremo May 2014 #1
onehandle May 2014 #5
McCamy Taylor May 2014 #2
Distant Quasar May 2014 #11
onehandle May 2014 #3
Kaleva May 2014 #4
El Supremo May 2014 #6
bloomington-lib May 2014 #7
AllyCat May 2014 #8
russspeakeasy May 2014 #9
yuiyoshida May 2014 #10
NickB79 May 2014 #12
FSogol May 2014 #13

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 17, 2014, 09:58 PM

1. ...

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Sat May 17, 2014, 10:43 PM

5. 'They're moving in herds... They do move in herds...' nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 17, 2014, 10:12 PM

2. Did it really "walk"? Can anything that big overcome gravity without the help of water?

Maybe it lived in a fresh water river?

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #2)

Sun May 18, 2014, 03:11 PM

11. Yes, dinosaurs that size really did walk

Sauropods were actually much lighter than their length and height would suggest, because they had a system of air sacs throughout their skeletons (just like birds, which of course are their very close relatives). Their posture and limb structure were those of a large terrestrial animal - like an elephant's, not like a crocodile's.

They probably couldn't run, but from what I understand of the science, they were stupendous long-distance walkers that traveled in herds, also much like elephants.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 17, 2014, 10:38 PM

3. Mine is bigger. nt

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Sat May 17, 2014, 10:39 PM

4. The article isn't clear on this but my guess it that animal took some huge dumps.

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Sat May 17, 2014, 10:50 PM

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat May 17, 2014, 11:58 PM

7. pics




Next to a femur

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 12:05 AM

8. So this would have been mass transit for the cave people, right?

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 12:14 AM

9. According to the teaparty, "this thing must be 100 years old !"

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Sun May 18, 2014, 05:38 AM

10. Tea Baggers view of Ancient History....



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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:01 PM

12. 77 tons? Eh, maybe not

http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/06/07/0131210/new-analysis-shows-dinosaurs-not-as-heavy-as-previously-believed

If this research is correct, this dinosaur would weigh closer to 30-40 tons. Still massive, but not quite as massive.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:08 PM

13. I thought Rush Limbaugh was the world's biggest dinosaur? n/t

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