Palaeontologists discovered the fossil of world’s largest dinosaur in Patagonia, Argentina

May 23, 2014 15:14 IST

Palaeontologists on 16 May 2014 discovered the fossil of the world largest dinosaur fossils. It was found near a desert in La Flecha, situated 125-km west of Trelew in Patagonia, Argentina.

The fossil of the dinosaur was excavated by the palaeontologists from Argentina’s Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio, headed by Dr Jose Luis Carballido and Dr Diego Pol.

The fossils of the world’s largest dinosaur measured 40 metres in length, 30 metres in height and weighed 77 tonnes. The fossil remains included bones from the dinosaur neck and back, along with pieces of the tail and legs.

This plant-eating dinosaur belonged to species of Titanosaurs from the family of Sauropod dinosaurs that were characterized by their enormous stature and long necks and tails. It lived around 95 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.

The discovered fossils of Titanosaurs were larger than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus, also found in Patagonia, Argentina in 1987.

About Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs first appeared about 228 million years ago during the Triassic period, achieved stunning dimensions during the ensuing Jurassic Period and then disappeared at the end of the Cretaceous Period about 65 million years ago.
A sparrow-sized bird called Qiliania, which lived about 120 million years ago in China, was the smallest dinosaur, weighing a mere 15 grams.

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