Weather Alerts 4 View »

'World's biggest dinosaur' found


Video by

'World's biggest dinosaur' found

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 18, 2014

A creature being hailed as the "world's biggest dinosaur," a herbivorous Titanosaur from the Late Cretaceous period, has been found in Argentina. Prior to this new discovery, the Argentinosaurus was believed to have held that landmark title.

Weighing 77 tons, researchers say "based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130 ft) long and 20m (65 ft) tall," reports BBC News. "Standing with its neck up, it was about 20m high - equal to a seven-story building." A total of 150 bones from seven partial skeletons have been excavated in total. 

"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," the researchers tell BBC News.

According to BBC News, the as-yet unnamed animal "will be named describing its magnificence and in honor to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery," the researchers further explain. 

The rocks surrounding the giant's bones were proved to be between 95 and 100 million years old. 


Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

Email Facebook Twitter
A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.