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RE: the biggest one

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Sent: Friday, June 25, 1999 5:04 AM
To: theclaw@sprintmail.com
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu; B.Dol@skn.sc.philips.com
Subject: Re: the biggest one

At 05:17 AM 6/25/99 -0400, Christopher Srnka wrote:

>B.Dol@skn.sc.philips.com wrote:
>> I know this question has been asked before, but my company has had a
>> systemcrash (Philips; let's make things better...) and I lost a
>> rather large part of my saved mails.
>> What was the name of that largest sauropod found? If I remember
>> correctly, the only bone which was found (?a vertebra of 2.5m tall? is
>> missing at this moment. I had been searching for half a year for that
>> and now it's gone again. I hope someone can help me out.
>I believe you are referring to Argentinosaurus. Not sure of the spelling,
>that's it, in a nutshell.

Actually, the specimen you are referring to is _Amphicoelias fragillimus_.
_Argentinosaurus_ is probably the largest sauropod whose remains are
currently known and accounted for: the _Amphicoelias fragillimus_ type
material was only breifly described, and it appears to have fallen apart
prior to every reaching the American Museum of Natural History (hence
"fragillimus", most fragile).

Ah...that would explain why no one has found it again.

Tracy L. Ford
Dino Hunter
Dino Hunter