Really huge dinosaur discovered near tip of South America

A gargantuan new dinosaur, similar in shape to the one that was the symbol of Sinclair gasoline stations decades ago, has been discovered in southern Patagonia near the tip of South America. What’s particularly noteworthy is that almost the entire skeleton has been recovered, the most complete skeleton ever found of such a large dinosaur. This is the largest land animal ever found whose mass can be estimated with reasonable accuracy, about a dozen times the weight of an African elephant.

The scientific name is Dreadnoughtus schrani, meaning roughly “Schran’s dreadnought.” Dreadnoughts were the huge, heavily-armored battleships of a century ago, and Adam Schran is a philanthropist who helped fund the research.


There’s more in The Guardian newspaper.

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