Palaeontologists may have found the largest dinosaur ever


Argentine paleontologists have discovered the bones that they suspect were of such a large dinosaur, it would be the largest land animal ever.

Paleontologists confirmed that a pile of bones, discovered in an Argentinean section of Patagonia, was a type of dinosaur, known as a sauropod, according to a paper published in the scholarly journal Cretaceous Research. Sauropods were dinosaurs with extremely long necks, long tales, short heads and legs that resembled trunks or poles. Brontosauruses, apatosauruses and brachiosauruses are among the most well-known sauropods that exist.

Among the bones discovered in Argentina’s Nuequan province is a group of titanosaurs, giant seroprodes, who experts believe survived safely until the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. This was the moment about 66 million years ago when an asteroid is believed to kill the planet and wipe out most of the animals living here at the time. By then, titanosaurus such as the famous Patagotians and Puertasorus are believed to have flourished in the same areas of South America where new fossils were discovered.

It is unclear whether this new dinosaur crosses the shape of the pugotiton, as well as that of every other known surpode, as the fossil record is incomplete. This has been said, scientists have come to know the proportion of pelvic bones and vertebrae that have been discovered.

Alejandro Otero, a paleontologist at Argentina’s Museo de la Plata and co-author of the study’s report, told Salon by email that there were many physical differences between the new dinosaur and other titanosaurosaurs that lead scholars to believe that this one is. Different and larger species. These include large differences in the size of various parts of the vertebrae, the neural spine (or spike-like appendages seen on the backs of many dinosaurs), and size. Otero also pointed out that “this new specimen is of younger age than the Paragotton.”

Otero also emailed Salon that “the specimens reported here suggested the coexistence of the largest and medium-sized Titanosaurus” along with small sarcoprodes known as ribbicasauroids in the Late Bretaceous province of Nureven. starting.” This suggests that natural selection forced various species to find alternative ways to use their environment for coexistence, a phenomenon known as “good division”. New findings in Patagonia have contributed to a “better understanding of the phytolanetic relationships of Titanosaurus, which reveal the existence of a previously unknown lineage and shed new light on the larger evolution of the body.”

That said, Otero said the new findings would not change what we know about paleontology without additional research.

“We need to go back to the field location to retrieve more bones to find out more about this huge specimen,” Otero wrote to Salon, explaining that groups such as the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, European Regional Development Fund and several numbers. Other organizations already helped complete the work on the subject.

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