Huge dinosaur heavier than a Boeing 737, seven times bigger than T-Rex, discovered, weighted the amazing amount of 65 tons. Image © Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Images © Dr Kenneth Lacovara
Dr Lacovara and his team found a fossil belonging to the skeleton of the Dreadnoughtus schrani, a gigantic dinosaur.
It belongs to the species of titanosaur, among the largest dinosaurs to walk on Earth and it is also one of the most complete skeletons found.
Dreadnoughtus lived approximately 77 million years ago in a forest, in Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America.
Dr Kenneth Lacovara, associate professor at Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who discovered the fossil, said:
“Dreadnoughtus schrani was astoundingly huge.
It weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T-Rex.Shockingly, skeletal evidence shows that when this 65-ton specimen died, it was not yet full grown.
It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet.’
Every day is about taking in enough calories to nourish this house-sized body. I imagine their day consists largely of standing in one place.
You have this 37-foot [11.3 metres] long neck balanced by a 30-foot [nine metres] long tail in the back. Without moving your legs, you have access to a giant feeding envelope of trees and fern leaves.”