Saturday, 12 August 2017

Meet Patagotitan mayorum, Biggest Animal Ever to Walk Earth

Life reconstruction of Patagotitan mayorum. Image credit: Jorge Gonzalez.
Life reconstruction of Patagotitan mayorum. Image credit: Jorge Gonzalez.
Patagotitan mayorum roamed the Earth about 101.6 million years ago during the Albian, the uppermost subdivision of the Early Cretaceous epoch.
The fossil remains of at least six individuals were discovered in 2012-13 at a single site in the Province of Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.
“When first news of the finding came out in 2013, the dig was still active,” said Dr. José Luis Carballido, of the Museo Egidio Feruglio (MEF).
“We had seen many bones on the field that showed certain features that indicated this was a new species and, apparently, the largest one found until then. From that moment, numerous field trips were carried out to unearth the fossils, which were later prepared in MEF labs.”
“It was only then that we could start studying the material to determine exact features that would allow us to identify this new species.”
“We found three different levels with bones in the same excavation, all of them belonging to one same species,” Dr. Carballido said.-read more

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