For right now, it’s just a collection of assorted bones from different individual dinos, but it’s enough to make paleontologists think they may have discovered the largest dinosaur— the largest creature— to ever roam the Earth.
The fossilized thigh bone, along with an arm bone, indicate a creature that wasn’t merely 130 feet long but also 60 feet tall. Which leads our paleo pals to the conclusion that these are the remains of a heretofore unknown variety of titanosaur, a type of very large, herbivorous dino with a small head and humungous body. This new specimen, the researchers say, was seven tons heavier than the previous record holder.
Most of the time when dinosaur skeletons are found, scientists are lucky to find the bones in any sort of arrangement even remotely resembling a skeleton. Time and geology and whatever else usually rearranges bones, heaps one dino’s bones on another… it’s a big mess. So it was astounding when a dig in Mexico revealed the skeletal remains of a tail that are nearly as perfectly placed as when the dinosaur was alive.