Monday, October 15, 2007

Holy Futalognkosaurus Batman!

Do the words titanosaur, futalognkosaurus dukei, puertasaurus reuili, megaraptor, mean anything to you? How about largest dinosaur?
Why do I ask you ask?

According to Reuters Canada,
"RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian and Argentine paleontologists have discovered the largely complete fossil of a new species of giant dinosaur which roamed what is now northern Patagonia about 80 million years ago.

The herbivorous Futalognkosaurus dukei measured between 105 and 112 feet from head to tail.

"It's a new species, it's a new group," Argentine paleontologist Juan Porfiri told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The fossil was 70 percent preserved, which compares to about 10 percent for other giant dinosaur finds in the world.

Its name is derived from the indigenous Mapuche language meaning "giant chief of the lizards," and the name of U.S. power company Duke Energy Corp, which financed a large part of the excavation in Argentina.

The first fossils were found in 2000."

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