We always have thought that Tyrannosaurus Rex was one of the largest dinosaurs to have roamed the planet.
It is how many films depict the animal anyway, although, in actual prehistoric time, there were many other giants much more massive than the famous predator.
T-Rex probably was among the most formidable carnivorous land-dwelling dinosaurs with its powerful body and reasonably fast speed.
Equipped with 60 serrated teeth six-inch-long each, terrifying grunts, 6 tons of bite force, and the body as long as a school bus, the T-Rex seemed to have been built with the stuff of nightmares.
ut it never stood the tallest, longest, nor the heaviest in the prehistoric animal kingdom.
At least for now, the credit to those traits is given to Patagotitan Mayorum, which in its prehistoric heyday stood at 122 feet long and 50 feet tall, weighing around 69 tons.
The enormous remains of the long-necked titanosaur were excavated in 2014 by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio, under José Luis’s leadership Carballido and Diego Pol.
Its scientific name was inspired by the region where it was discovered in Argentina’s Patagonia (Papago), the size and strength (titan), and the Mayo family (Mayorum).
They own the ranch from which the remains were excavated. Here are some exciting facts about the exceptionally enormous dinosaur.
10 Sauropod Dinosaurs
Patagotitan Mayorum belonged to the Titanosaurus (meaning “titanic lizard”) group. Similar to another sauropod, it had a long neck, long tail, and small head.
The group comprised the most significant known terrestrial animals; some were even approaching the size of modern blue whales.
The Titanosaurus, a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs, lived during the Late Jurassic Epoch to the Cretaceous Period.
Their fossils have been found all around the world, in all continents except Antarctica. At least 40 species have been identified.
9 Eight-Feet Femur
The story of Patagotitan Mayorum started in 2012. Aurelio Hernandez, a worker at a ranch in Patagonia, found some fossils while managing the sheep.
He showed the exact location of the fossil to Oscar Mayo, one of the ranch owners. Mayo realized the fossil might have been the remains of a dinosaur.
Mayo invited paleontologists, and they spent 18 months excavating the bones.
One of the remains was a femur or thighbone measuring eight feet long. Further analysis revealed that the site contained at least six different dinosaur individuals.