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article image'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered

By Tim Sandle     May 17, 2014 in Science
Trelew - Fossilized bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina. Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40 meters (130 feet) long and 20 meters (65 feet) tall.
The giant dinosaur was found by a local farm worker in the desert near La Flecha, about 135 mile west of Trelew, Patagonia, Argentina, according to the National Post. Once the discovery was alerted, the fossils were then excavated by a team of palaeontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, led by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol.
From the excavation, the paleontologists found partial skeletons of seven individuals — about 150 bones in total. Piecing the remains together, the scientists have speculated that the dinosaurs would have weighed at least 77 tonnes (that is as heavy as 14 African elephants) and seven tonnes heavier than the previous "biggest ever dinosaur": Argentinosaurus.
The newly discovered dinosaur would have been a giant herbivore. It does not yet have a name.
The research team told the BBC: "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. Its length, from its head to the tip of its tail, was 40 meters. Standing with its neck up, it was about 20 meters high - equal to a seven-storey building."
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