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NEW SOUTH AMERICAN DINO



Move over T-rex, here comes Giganotosaurus
>....LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuter) - A huge meat-eating dinosaur that would have
dwarfed even Tyrannosaurus rex has been found in Argentina, scientists reported
on Thursday.
>....The new monster, dubbed Giganotosaurus carolinii, was more than 12 metres
(40 feet) long and weighed up to eight tonnes.
>....It ran on two legs and had the fearsome jaws common to all large
meat-eaters, the report in the science journal Nature said. It lived about 97
million years ago, in the Upper Cretaceous period, 30 million years before
Tyrannosaurus.
>...."G carolinii is the largest theropod (two-legged dinosaur) ever recorded
from the southern hemisphere and is probably the world's biggest predatory
dinosaur, having a body 12.5 metres long and an estimated weight of six to eight
tonnes," wrote Rodolfo Coria of the Carmen Funes Museum in Neuquen, Argentina
and Leonardo Saigado of the Museum of Natural Sciences at the National
University of Comahue.
>....Its name means giant southern dinosaur, and also credits the man, Ruben
Carolini, who discovered the first bones, which include parts of the skull, jaw,
hips and backbone.
>....The skull alone was more than 1.53 metres (five feet) long.
>...."The most impressive characteristic of Giganotosaurus is its enormous 
>size,"
Coria wrote.
>...."The only theropod that is similar in size to Giganotosaurus is
Tyrannosaurus Rex, the largest specimen of which is informally known as "Sue'."
>...."Sue" was a giant Tyrannosaurus found in South Dakota, but Coria said the
leg bones of Giganotosaurus were longer and the bones overall were bigger.
>....In the late 1980s Coria and colleagues found the largest dinosaur ever
discovered, Argentinosaurus huinculensis, a colossal vegetarian titanosaur.
>....They estimated Argentinosaurus had a hind limb almost 4.5 metres (15 feet)
long. It would have been nearly 30 metres (100 feet) long and lived about 100
million years ago.
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