It’s official: an Argentine dinosaur as heavy as a Boeing 737 is the biggest ever discovered.
The dinosaur weighed more than 65,000kg a new study says. It was some 37 metres long. That makes the animal not just the biggest known dinosaur but also the biggest known land animal ever. Only a few whale species are heftier — and this dinosaur’s bones show it was still growing.
Scientists have called the gigantic vegetarian dinosaur Patagotitan mayorum, in honor of the Argentine region of Patagonia and the Mayo family, owners of the Patagonian farm where a worker stumbled on the fossil in 2010.
Scientists have excavated fossils of six different Patagotitan specimens from the Mayo family farm. The 150 bones include examples of 30% of the animal’s skeleton, which to scientists is almost as mind-boggling as the animal’s weight.