Argentina Paleontologists Unearth Bones of Colossal Dinosaur
Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 03:54 PM EDT
Paleontologists in Argentina have unearthed the fossils of what may be the biggest dinosaur to have ever walked the planet - the Titanosaur.
Scientists estimate that this creature measured 130 feet (40 meters) - that's the length of two tractor-trailers lined up in front of each other.
It weighed 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms) - the equivalent of 14 elephants.
"It's like two trucks with a trailer each, one in front of the other, and the weight of 14 elephants together," said Jose Luis Carballido, a dinosaur specialist at the Argentinian museum who played a big part in the discovery.
The herbivores dated back to about 95 million years ago, in the late Mesozoic era. In 2011, scientists exploring a remote swath of Argentina’s Patagonia some 160 miles (260 kilometers) from the city of Trelew came across a site with 200 fossils -- a find that the museum characterized as "a dinosaur cemetery."
According to a news release from the museum, these experts were able to piece together seven specimens of Titanosaurs out of this. The belief is that they died together there, perhaps from dehydration or being stuck in the mud.
The discovery of more than 60 teeth from large carnivore dinosaurs (albeit no bones of carnivores) suggests what happened next: the Titannosaur remains were eaten up.
"Probably, they went to (eat) the herbivores' dead bodies," said carballido. "But the feast came at a price: the carnivores would lose many of their teeth as they attempted to bite the hard skin and flesh."