Giant dinosaur fossil discovered in Argentina

Ancient Mystery

Experts have uncovered the remains of a gigantic dinosaur in Argentina, and believe it could be one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the Earth.

Paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of a 98 million-year-old titanosaur in Neuquén Province in Argentina’s northwest Patagonia, in thick, sedimentary deposits known as the Candeleros Formation.

The 24 vertebrae of the tail and elements of the pelvic and pectoral girdle discovered are thought to belong to a titanosaur, a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs, characterized by their large size, a long neck and tail, and four-legged stance.

The creature (pictured) is believed to be a titanosaur, one of the largest sauropods — a clade of dinosaurs characterised by their vast size, pillar-like legs and elongated necks and tails
The fossilised remains (pictured here being prepared for extraction from the field) were found in layers of rock that the geologists refer to as the ‘Candeleros Formation’ — and more specifically in a level that is though to represent the deposits from a muddy floodplain
According to the researchers, the Neuquén Province would have been home to numerous sauropod species 98 million years ago — each of which would have occupied a different role, or ‘niche’, in the ecosystem and food web. Pictured, the team extracts the fossilised remains

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