A local farmer in Argentina accidentally discovered the largest dinosaur ever found in a desert located about 250km (135 miles) west of Trelew, Patagonia.
Soon after the farmer’s discovery, a team of paleontologists led by Dr. Jose Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio unearthed a total of 150 bones, the skeletal remains of seven such creatures.
Based on the circumference and length of the thigh bone, Paleontologists confirm that the dinosaur measured “40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall.” Additional calculations suggest that this newly discovered “species of titanosaur – an enormous herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period – ” weighed 77 tonnes, which is roughly equivalent to 14 African elephants.
These giant herbivores thrived in the region of Patagonia approximately 95 or 100 million years ago, and subsisted on the ample vegetation and forest that marked the area.
Information and images sourced from BBC news.