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Giant Dinosaur Fossil Discovered In Argentina

Source : Source: Published :October 19, 2007


A 32-meter (105 foot) plant-eater skeleton of a new dinosaur species has been recovered in Argentina, scientists said on October 15.

Thought to be one of the largest dinosaurs ever found, with a seemingly unique structure of its neck, scientists from Argentina and Brazil said the Patagonian dinosaur appears to represent a previously unknown species known as Titosaur.

They named the newly recovered dinosaur skeleton as Futalognkosaurus dukei after the Mapuche Indian words for "giant" and "chief" and for Duke Energy Argentina, which helped fund the sckeleton's excavation.

"This is one of the biggest in the world and one of the most complete of these giants that exist," said Jorge Calvo, director of the paleontology centre of National University of Comahue, Argentina, lead author of a study on the dinosaur published in the peer-reviewed Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

The giant herbivore existed on Earth about 88 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, scientists said.

Upon checking on the fossil, researchers said there were indications that the dinosaur was eaten by predators. The body was believed to be washed into the river, thus creating a barrier that collected the remains of other now fossilized animals found at that spot.

"I've seen some of the remains of Futalognkosaurus and it is truly gigantic," said Peter Mackovicky, associate curator for dinosaurs at Chicago's Field Museum.