New massive dinosaur was 'largest creature to ever roam the Earth'

Patagotitan mayorum exhibit

The plant-eating giant is the largest of a group of dinosaurs called titanosaurs.

The Patagotitan mayorum's full model has already been on display at the American Museum of Natural History as a permanent exhibit since early 2016.

Scientists have discovered a new dinosaur in Argentina.It is as heavy as a Boeing 737 is the biggest ever discovered.The behemoth weighed more than 65 tons and perhaps as many as 77, a new study says.

Researchers aren't quite clear on how the species became so big, but study co-author José Luis Carballido, from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio in Argentina, believes part of it had to do with available food.

"Six fossils of this species were studied and dated some 100 million years ago, based on the ashes found around them", 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.

Analysis showed that Patagotitan had a probable body mass of 69 tons (62 metric tonnes). The dinosaur averaged 122 feet long (37 meters) and was almost 20 feet high (6 meters) at the shoulder. It's so big that the dinosaur's head sticks out into a hallway at the NY museum.

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If you're struggling to picture that, it's about seven elephants, or more than two buses, or half the width of a football pitch, or somewhere between a standard swimming pool and an Olympic pool.

National Geographic said the new study on the Patagotitan mayorum has suggested that there could have been a previously unknown group of especially huge titanosaurs that lived in the Patagonia region. The discovery of Patagotitan mayorum [pronounced pata-go-titan may-or-oom] bumps another species of titanosaur, Argentinosaurus, to second place on the all-time biggest land animals list.

"Getting up. Walking around".

Scientists soon realized that a new species of dinosaur had been unearthed, and it was so big that its femur alone measured 7.8 feet (2.37 meters) in length.

The researchers explain why the titanosaurs reached such great dimension by assuming it lived during an explosion of flowering plants that allowed the species to thrive. Blue whales, which can weigh as much as 400,000 pounds, are still the largest animals known to have appeared on Earth-past or present.

Kristi Curry Rodgers, a paleontologist at Macalester College who wasn't part of the study, praised the work as important.

It is a great month for paleontology because the latest discovery holds great importance to the way people view dinosaurs.

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