boneby Nur Hussein, contributing writer 

This is something you should see. It’s big.

Really big.

No I don’t mean Godzilla (is Godzilla prehistoric?), but something far more exciting because it actually existed: scientists have uncovered the fossils of a dinosaur bigger than anything ever previously discovered.

The fossils in question are of a titanosaur, a genus of sauropods that lived 95 and 100 million years ago. Sauropods are long-necked quadruped herbivorous saurischian (having lizard hips) dinosaurs that include the apatosaurus and brachiosaurus. A team of researchers uncovered the fossils in Argentina after a farm worker happened upon the remains in the desert near La Flecha, 250km west of of the Argentine city of Trelew in Patagonia.

puertasaurus-sandow-4bigThe team of researchers who excavated the fossils were palaeontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, headed by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol. They believe this yet-unamed species of titanosaur to be heavier than the argentinosaurus, the biggest dinosaur we discovered before this new find. The newly-discovered titanosaur is estimated at 77 tons, while the argentinosaurus is believed to have weighed around 70 tons. Using its thigh bone to estimate the size of the entire beast, scientists say it was 40m long and 20m tall.

The dig site has unearthed a very comprehensive set of over 200 fossilized bones from what the scientists say are seven individual dinosaurs that died together, thus providing a clearer picture of the animal. The bones were dated using geochemistry techniques, by studying rocks and deposits of volcanic ash trapped between layers of sandstone.

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