The newly-unveiled titanosaur keeps large company
The gargantuan replica of fossils that were unearthed in 2014 in an Argentinian desert near La Flecha, 135 miles west of Trelew, Patagonia, belong to that of the sauropod family of dinosaurs.
The largest land animals are dinosaurs and coincidentally, all of the most massive dinos were long-necked herbivores. Thank goodness for that. Could you imagine the daily appetite of a meat-eater measuring in at more than 70 tons?
Another large sauropod, apatosaurus, which is also on display on the fourth floor of the museum, is 86 feet long and in life would have weighed between 30 and 40 tons, roughly half the weight of the museum’s new 70-ton titanosaur, which is one of the largest sauropods ever discovered.
The museum’s 94-foot model of a blue whale is nearly 30-feet shorter than this titanosaur. But even with the discovery of this gigantic dinosaur, blue whales are still the heaviest species that ever existed, weighing up to 200 tons.
Researchers claim that the bruhathkayosaurus is the largest dinosaur ever found, measuring in at 150-feet long and 200 tons, but it remains unproven. Above are nine of some of the largest dinosaurs recorded, including the newest titanosaur find.
For more about the American Museum of Natural History’s Titanosaur exhibit, click here.