A recent research showed that there is a new species of dinosaur whose fossils were found, and this one is the biggest of them all. Weighing at around 76 tons this particular specimen was significantly bigger and heavier than even a T-Rex.
The fossils were discovered in the Argentinean south in 2012 where the researchers identified the remains as those belonging to a completely new dinosaur species which was the biggest yet, called titanosaurs.
Diego Pol of the Egidio Feruglio paleontology museum in Argentina, co-author of the study, said: “There was one small part of the family that went crazy on size.”
The scientists named this dinosaur Patagotitan after the region in which it was found and the Greek word which literally means large. Six fossil specimens were found and dated to around 100 million years ago, according to the research. They roughly 37 meters in height and had almost 6 meters shoulder length. The fossil is now at display in the American Museum of Natural History and seeing that it is so big, its head is protruding into the hallway of the museum.
Titanosaurs have not been unknown to the scientists, but this particular species has never been found before and it even has a new genus.
Pol said: “I don’t think they were scary at all. They were probably massive big slow-moving animals. Getting up. Walking around. Trying to run. It’s really challenging for large animals.”
The question on everyone’s mind, however, is, how exactly did these animals get to grow so big. This is still sort of a mystery but there are certain speculations being made. They are guessing that it has to do with the proliferation of flowering plants which happened at the time and the dinosaurs now had a whole new menu to eat.
Thomas Holtz, University of Maryland paleontologist, who wasn’t part of the study, said:
“It’s hard to argue this isn’t a big deal when it concerns the (probable) largest land animal ever discovered.”