The more we delve into the history of the Creation and how it evolved millions of years ago, the more we find out of the existence of giant animals who roamed the Earth and cannibals in human form who ate one another. Bones belonging to the biggest creature ever to have walked the Earth have been found in a quarry, experts say.
A dinosaur, known as Patagotitan Mayorum, weighed at least 62 tonnes and measured more than 100 feet from nose to tail. It lived one hundred million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, in what is now Argentina. The Sauropod, a huge plant-eater with a long tail and neck, which stood on four legs, weighed about the same as 10 African elephants, now Earth’s largest land dwellers.
A ranch workman, called Aurelio Hernandez, discovered the giant bones in 2012 and it took three years to excavate them and a further two years for laboratory analysis. Vertebrae and rib-bones were among the finds recovered from the quarry at La Flecha Ranch, Chubut Province, and now described for the first time.
Its thigh bone alone is 8 foot long and weighs half a ton. Palaeontologists found 150 fossils belonging to at least 6 dinosaurs who died in a floodplain, before being preserved in mud. Just like in a crime scene, they took notes of each bone’s exact position and condition. Analysis shows the species had a probable maximum body mass of 70 tonnes. It is therefore more than 15 percent heavier than Dreadnoughtus, the longest ‘Titanosaur’ from which a thigh bone and forearm bone have been preserved. Although some estimates have given another Patagonian ‘Titoanosaur’, Argentinosaurus, the title of biggest land animal ever, these have not been based on limb measurements and may be unreliable.
‘Vertebrae from Argentinosaurus suggest it was 10 per cent smaller than Patagotitan,’ said Dr Jose Carballido and Diego Pol, from Argentina’s Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum who led the excavation team. They wrote in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society: ‘The above mentioned body mass estimates, as well as these vertebral comparisons, places Patagotitan as the largest known dinosaur species.’ Pol said: ‘For the first time we can assess how these giants were built, what adaptations they had in their anatomy. How they could cope with such massive weight.’ The ancient giant gets its name Mayorum in honour of the Mayo family, owners of the ranch, who hosted the 15-strong excavation team during the dig.
Dinosaurs must have been terrifying. I’m glad we are living in an age where these monsters are no longer roaming the earth. Instead, however, we have human monsters to fill that gap. Believe me, they are much worse!