Titanosaur Goes on Display at American Museum of Natural History in NYC (LOOK)By Russell Westerholm
The American Museum of Natural History unveiled the massive skeleton of the Titanosaur, a dinosaur that likely was about 122 feet long.
According to CNN, the skeleton the museum displayed was so large it does not entirely fit its designated gallery space. Possibly one of the largest dinosaurs on record, the Titanosaur's bones were discovered in 2014 in the Patagonian desert of Argentina.
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"Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons," the AMNH said in a statement. "The species lived in the forests of today's Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered."
The discovery of the skeleton relatively fresh, the massive dinosaur does not have a formal species name. Still, researchers were able to figure out some of its characteristics: it lived 100 million years ago, weighed as much as 200 tons, and was an herbivore.
"The skulls of these kinds of sauropod dinosaurs are very rare," Mark Norell, the museum chair of paleontology, told Live Science. "They're extremely fragile - the bones are really paper thin."
The skeleton discovered in the desert was not complete, but its eight-foot femur bone gave scientists a good base to judge its massive size. The skull was also not complete, leaving its handlers to model it after some smaller relatives on a larger scale, Live Science reported.
"The new, much larger occupant grazes the gallery's approximately 19-foot-high ceilings, and, at 122-foot, is just a bit too long for its new home," read the museum's statement. "Instead, its neck and head extend out towards the elevator banks, welcoming visitors to the "dinosaur" floor. One femur found at the excavation site will be among five original fossils on temporary view with The Titanosaur."