New Dinosaur Discovered: A Giant Among Dinosaurs

New Dinosaur Discovered: A Giant Among Dinosaurs

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“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 told BBC News.

The bones are believed to be from a new species of the aptly named titanosaur, a massive herbivore from the late Cretaceous period, stated officials from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio. The titanosaur was a sauropod, like the apatosaurus or brachiosaurus, that roamed the forests of Patagonia 95 million years ago, reported NPR.

“It’s like two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together,” stated  Jose Luis Carballido, a dinosaur specialist at the museum, CNN reported.

According to The Guardian, the fossils were found in the Gobi desert and extraordinary enough for scientists to declare the dinosaur a new genus and species. The name they decided upon was Deinocheirus mirificus, meaning “unusual horrible hand”.

Scientists wondered how other large items on Earth could compare to such a gargantuan size. Imagine a professional basketball court, not even three-quarters of the beast’s length would fit, with the remaining 40 feet hanging out in the seats behind the basket according to NPR News.

Nearly 50 years after researchers uncovered the gigantic arms of a mysterious dinosaur in the Gobi desert, the true nature of the beast has finally been established, stated The Guardian.