Largest Dinosaur Ever Found in Patagonia Region
A massive dinosaur, claimed to be the largest ever found, was recently unearthed in Argentina. Patagotitan Mayorum, as it is officially being called, is said to have weighed 69 metric tons and stood over 20 feet tall!
The dinosaur remains were found in 2012, but it was not until now that researchers studied all of the remains and released their findings. Titanosaurs, the family that this new fossil belongs to, had been discovered some years ago, but it was not until now that researchers proclaimed the Patagotitan the largest of all.
“There was one small part of the family that went crazy on size,” said Diego Pol, co-author of the study.
The researchers named the dinosaur Patagotitan mayorum based on the site of its discovery, Patagonia, and the word titan, which means large in Greek. The second name is an ode to the family that hosted the researchers while in Argentina.
According to Pol, meat-eating dinosaurs like the T.Rex “look like dwarfs when you put them against one of these giant titanosaurs. It’s like when you put an elephant by a lion.”
One of the looming questions regarding the discovery is how the dinosaurs were able to reach their amazing size. One theory that is gaining some traction is that an eruption of flowering plants at the time helped provide the dinosaurs with so much nourishment that they were able to continue growing.