Drexel University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara and his research team recently discovered what may be the largest dinosaur species known to-date, the Dreadnoughtus Schrani, which takes its name from one of the largest and most predominant battleships of the early 20th century, the Dreadnought. This giant sauropod species was found in Argentina, weighs a whopping 65-tons, and is as long as a high-school basketball court. What’s more, the skeletal evidence indicates that when this behemoth died it wasn’t even full grown.
The geologic evidence suggests that Dreadnoughtus lived in the Late Cretaceous period–roughly 70 million years ago–in a time which would have had an abundance of similar Titanosaurian sauropod dinosaurs. By the team’s own calculation, the Dreadnoughtus weighed more than a Boeing BA 737-900 passenger jet, giving it the the largest mass of any known land animal. Prior to the discovery of Dreadnoughtus schrani, the largest known dinosaur was the Elaltitan, coming in at 47 tons.
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