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Found: 'Largest creature to ever walk the earth'

Published on May 17, 2014 8:40 PM
 
Picture taken on May 16, 2014 showing a technician next to the femur of a dinosaur - likely to be the largest ever to roam the earth - in Rawson, Chubut, some 1,300km south of Buenos Aires. Paleontologists in Argentina’s remote Patagonia region have discovered fossils of what was likely the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth. -- PHOTO: AFP/TELAM

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Paleontologists in Argentina’s remote Patagonia region have discovered fossils of what was likely the largest dinosaur ever to roam the earth.

The creature is believed to be a new species of Titanosaur, a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod that walked on four legs and lived some 95 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period.

The dinosaur “weighed the equivalent of more than 14 African elephants,” or about 100 tonnes, said Jose Luis Carballido, a paleontologist at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in the southern Argentine city of Trelew.

“This is a true paleontological treasure,” Carballido said in a statement on Friday on the museum website. “There are many remains and they were practically intact, something that does not frequently happen.”

 
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