Massive Titanosaur, Possibly World’s Largest Dino, Unveiled In New York
Gargantuan. Gigantic. Massive. Huge.
Witnesses of the first-ever unveiling of what just might be the world’s largest dinosaur have struggled to find an adjective to aptly capture the sheer enormity of the prehistoric creature.
“From a distance, everything looks roughly proportional so it’s difficult to appreciate just how big everything is,” John Timmer at Arc Technica wrote on Thursday of the towering animal, which is now on display at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. “It’s only when you drop your gaze low enough to see how the legs compare to full grown people that the size of it is really driven home.”
Dubbed the “biggest dinosaur ever” discovered, the daunting dino was excavated in 2014 in Argentina.
Scientists have identified it as a new species of titanosaur — a group of particularly massive, but herbivorous, dinosaurs known for their lizard-like appearance. The species is still so new, however, that scientists have yet to formally name it.
“This is the first time this skeleton has been mounted for public display,” AMNH curator Mark Norell told CNN about the museum’s new exhibit, which will go on public view on Friday.
So, how big is this new titanosaur?