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Meet the world biggest dinosaur - Patagotitan

Patagotitan is a massive dinosaur like creature found in a farm located at Patagonia.
The biggest dinosaur like creature feeds on grasses and it weighs at about 70 tons and having a length of atleast 20 feet.

The patagotitan was first discovered by Aureliano Hernandez in a farm owned by Mayo family in 2013 and since then, lacked a befitting scientific name.

Scientists in charge of the study just recently published a paper that contained the name given to the biggest dinosaur like creature and thus called Patagotitan mayorum, a moniker which means “giant from Patagonia” while honoring the family upon whose farm it was found.

The fossil of Patagotitan discovered by Aureliano Hernandez, was an eight-foot-long thigh bone that took excavators two weeks to dig up and the complete specimen gathered in one piece was so large that it could not be confined to a single room at the museum. The creature was named in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The patagotitan is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


According to the statement from the lead author of the published paper, Dr. José Carballido, a paleontologist at the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, “when first news of the finding came out in 2013, the dig was still active, we had seen many bones on the field that showed certain features that indicated this was a new species and, apparently, the largest one found until then.”

In confirmation that Patagotitan could be the biggest dinosaur known to man, It took Dr. Carballido’s team more than four years to fully excavate and analyze the fossils, in order to determine where it belonged on the evolutionary tree.

NPR believed that Patagotitan is part of a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs known as titanosauria, and it was likely one of the biggest members of this diverse group of large, long-necked herbivores.
Although dead before the excavation was completed, Aureliano Hernandez will be remembered for this remarkable discovery because patagotitan happens to be one of the largest dinosaurs and also one of the most complete anatomical reconstructions ever.

“Estimating the body weight of an extinct animal is a challenging task,” study co-author Diego Pol, also of the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, explained in an interview. “We only have left the bones and from these remains we have to infer the body weight through the use of indirect methods.” Nonetheless, they assume that the species likely weighed at least 60 and up to 80 tons, making it at least 10% larger than any other dinosaur.


After the publication, so many questions have been asked in order to ascertain whether it is the largest dinosaur ever to roam the Earth. But a paleontologist Mathew Wedel, said that it is in a “three-way tie” with fellow titanosaurs Argentinosaurus and Puertasaurus in terms of overall length and girth. However, he told Smithsonian Magazine that it is “the most complete super-giant sauropod by far.”

From the answer given above, it can be understood that the paleontologists interest is on the completeness of the patagotitan and they are poised to know how and why they died, and how old they were when their lives came to an end.

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