New dinosaur discovered – Futalognkosaurus Dukei, or Titanosaurus, in pictures below was unveiled in Argentina, measuring 105 feet long and the excavated spine alone weighed 8 tons.
The new dinosaur, futalognkosaurus dukei (pronounced foo-ta-long-koh-sohr-us), is named from the indigenous Mapuche language in Patagonia, meaning “giant chief of the lizards”, and US company Duke Energy Corp, which funded much of the excavation.
The bones of the plant-eating largest dinosaur, nicknamed Titanosaurus, showed signs of being gnawed by predators and had washed into an ancient riverbed where scientists also discovered ancient fossilized plant matter beside the bones.
Since the first bones of the largest dinosaur were found on the banks of Lake Barreales in the Argentine province of Neuquen in 2000, palaeontologists have dug up the dinosaur’s neck, back region, hips and the first vertebra of its tail.
“It’s among the biggest dinosaur finds and the most complete for a giant dinosaur,” Alexander Kellner, a researcher with the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, told Reuters news agency.
“The accumulation of fish and leaf fossils, as well as other dinosaurs around the find, is just something fantastic. Leaves and dinosaurs together is a great rarity. It’s like a whole lost world for us.”
The site where Futalognkosaurus dukei was discovered has been a treasure trove for paleontologists, yielding more than 1,000 specimens, including 240 fossil plants, 300 teeth and the remains of several more dinosaurs.
“As far as I know, there is no other place in the world where there is such a large and diverse quantity of fossils in such small area. That is truly unique.” said Alexander Kellner, researcher with the Brazilian National Museum and co-author of the new dinosaur’s scientific description.
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