By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
If you thought a long-necked Brontosaurus or vicious Tyrannosaurus rex were the biggest dinosaurs on the block, you haven’t met the Dreadnoughtus! This 85-foot long, 65-ton beast was unearthed for the first time in Argentina, and scientists claim its the biggest measurable land animal ever found.
“It weighed as much as a dozen African elephants or more than seven T. rex,” explained professor Kenneth Lacovara of Drexel University, who helped dig up the fossil in southern Patagonia. “It is by far the best example we have of any of the most giant creatures to ever walk the planet.”
More than 70 percent of this plant-eating dino’s skeleton was found, minus the skull, and apparently the creature wasn’t even fully-grown! Can you imagine how big a mature adult one would be? The Dreadnoughtus hails from a land of giants, since other “Titanosaurs” have been found in what are now the Patagonian forests and plains.
These weren’t fearful little vegetarians, either. “With a body the size of a house, the weight of a herd of elephants, and a weaponized tail, Dreadnoughtus would have feared nothing,” Lacovara said. “That evokes to me a class of turn-of-the-last century battleships called the dreadnoughts, which were huge, thickly clad and virtually impervious.”
Featured image courtesy of Mark A. Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Image of elephant comparison courtesy of Drexel University.