Giant ‘Titanosaur’ dinosaur fossils found in Argentina.
Paleontologists in Argentina’s Patagonia region have discovered the remains of fossilized Titanosaur bones, which might have been the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the earth.
Titanosaur was a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod (think Apatosaurus or Brachiosaurus) that used to walked on four legs and lived during the Cretaceous Period, approximately 95 million years ago.
Jose Luis Carballido, a paleontologist at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew, Argentina, said in a statement on Friday that a Titanosaur weighed around 100 tons, or “the equivalent of more than Fourteen African elephants.
“There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen.”
Oldest known fossils “of a giant Titanosaur are scarce and fragmentary.”
“This is a true paleontological treasure,” Carbadillo’s statement continued. “There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen.”
Titanosaur bones are among 200 plus fossils at this site in Patagonia’s Chubut province, approximately 800 miles south of Buenos Aires. The site was accidentally discovered in 2011 by a farm worker. Experts believe that the remains of at least seven dinosaurs and the broken teeth of carnivores are among those at the South American site. From Wikipedia: Titanosaurs (members of the groups Titanosauria or Titanosauroidea) were a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs, which included Saltasaurus and Isisaurus. It includes some of the heaviest creatures ever to walk the earth, such as Argentinosaurus and Puertasaurus—which are believed to have weighed up to 90 tonnes (100 short tons). The group’s name refers to the much earlier discovery Titanosaurus, a now dubious genus named for the mythological Titans of Ancient Greece. Together with the brachiosaurids and relatives, titanosaurs make up the larger clade Titanosauriformes.
TITANOSAUR FOSSILS FOUND IN ARGENTINA.