Giant dinosaur find most important in decades

Spanish paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world, in Trelew, Argentina. Pic: AP Photo/Museo Paletontol�gico Egidio Feruglio
Spanish paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur, believed to be the largest in the world, in Trelew, Argentina. Pic: AP Photo/Museo Paletontol�gico Egidio Feruglio
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THE discovery of giant dinosaur bones belonging to one of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth is the most important excavation of the last 20 years, leading Capital experts have claimed.

Paleontology expert Dr Steve Brusatte, from Edinburgh University’s school of geosciences, said the huge number of bones unearthed in the find at an Argentinian farm last week was a “major discovery” because of the scale of fossilsed remains.

Often, only a few bones are recovered from excavation sites.

The enormous dinosaur is thought to have been a herbavore and known as titanosaur. It is believed to have roamed the forests of what is now South America between 95 and 100 million years ago.

Around 150 bones have so far been discovered – one thigh bone is bigger than a human being.

Dr Brusatte said: “There are some vertebrae, some limb bones, adn they are just absolutely massive.

“It would be either the biggest dinosaur or one of the biggest dinosaurs, there is no doubt about that.

“Exactly how big it would have been it is hard to say, as they don’t have a complete skeleton.

“But what sets this find apart is the previous two or three dinosaurs which have vied for the the title of ‘world’s biggest’ are only known from a few bones each. When all these bones are excavated, it will be our first really good picture of what one of these enormous dinosaurs would have looked like.

“It’s a major discovery, one of the most important dinosaur discoveries of the last 10 or 20 years.”