May 27, 2018

Meet the new heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, Patagotitan mayorum

10 August 2017, 12:18 | Camille Rivera

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The big question is how did these dinosaurs get so big, Pol said.

While it's unclear just how tall it would have been with a fully extended neck, the main body of the dinosaur would have been over 20 feet high. Per the Atlantic, that means the plant-eating Patagotitan was double the size of the already-huge brachiosaurus and apatosaurus, and about 10% larger than the reigning dinosaur giant, a titanosaur known as Argentinosaurus. It weighed around 76 tons (69 metric tons). However, only the weight of the Boeing 737 series 737-700 exceeds the mass discovered dinosaur.

"The Legendary T.Rex and other meat eaters look like dwarfs when you place them near one of these giant titanosaurs", said Pol. The finding also suggests that they could be hanging around in groups, perhaps to look after young, says Roger Benson of the Britains University of Oxford.

"There is one small part of this family that has an incredible size", said Diego Pol from the paleontological museum, Egidio Feruglio, in Argentina, who became one of the authors of a study published on Tuesday August 8, 2017, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "Trying to run. It's really challenging for large animals", he added.

"We do not know yet why we have such drastic change in body mass at this time here in Patagonia". Titanosaurs were herbivores, so certainly they had the food they needed, and plants are directly constrained by the weather.

"The bigger it was, the less predators will try to attack it", he said.

A skeleton structure of this dinosaur has been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History.

The museum celebrated the news on its social media accounts with a amusing video that showed texts between the dinosaur and another famous large tenant of the museum, the blue whale.

Despite its impressive size, Carballido believes an even larger dinosaur could have walked the Earth, but it probably wasn't much bigger than the P. mayorum.

Studies on fossils from the dinosaur Patagotitan mayorum show that it weighed around 62 tonnes, and measured more than 35 metres from nose to tail.

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