Researchers in Brazil have announced the discovery of the remains of the largest dinosaur ever found in the country. The bones of the gigantic animal were unearthed about 66 years ago but was not studied until recently and was tucked away in a cupboard.
Remains of the massive dinosaur, given the rather eclectic name “Austroposeidon magnificus,” were put on display Thursday at the museum but were first found in 1953 by paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price. He died in 1980 without being acknowledged for the discovery, which he was not able to study and document since he had so many other specimens to identify.
Kamila Bandeira — a research student under museum director Diogenes de Almeida Campos — studied the pieces, including a nearly complete spinal vertebra that is entirely petrified, over four years for her doctoral thesis.
A staff member shows the location of the fossil collected in 1953 by the Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price on its real scale restoration image at Earth Science Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 6, 2016. The dinosaur newly named Austroposeidon Magnificus was about 25 meters long and the largest among 9 species discovered in Brazil.
Austroposeidon magnificus was about 82 feet long from head to tail and stood about 20-25 feet high. It belonged to the group of herbivores called Titanosaurs who were characterized by large bodies with relatively small heads, and long necks and tails. It lived about 70 million years ago.
South America is also home to the largest known dinosaur. Remains of the 130-foot-long Argentinosaurus huinculensis, another Titanosaur, were found in Argentina in 2014.
Director of Earth Science Museum Diogenes de Almeida Campos shows the biggest piece of fossil of a dinosaur’s neck at the museum in Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 6, 2016. It was collected in 1953 by the Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price. The dinosaur, newly named Austroposeidon Magnificus, was about 25 meters long and the largest among nine species discovered in Brazil.
#Brasil descubre su propio #dinosaurio gigante bautizado como Austroposeidon magnificus (vía @elpais_inter) https://t.co/nBc5Jc1IEn pic.twitter.com/Ha84EWPqI4
— FundaciónDinosaurios (@FDinosaurios) October 7, 2016