Argentinosaurus

Argentinosaurus dinosaur

Argentinosaurus literally means Reptile of Argentina, has only one genus and one species, is a titanic sauropod and is believed to have lived 95 million years ago in the Cretaceous. You can tell by his name that he lived in South America. It is in fact one of the largest known herbivorous dinosaurs, measuring an impressive 30 meters long and weighing between 60 and 120 shocking tons, it was truly a giant of its time. His neck was extremely long, only the length of his neck was 8 meters compared to an animal of our days, we can say that it was twice that of a giraffe, this suggests that he had a massive heart or with an impressive power to carry blood to the whole body to the tip of his head feel so extremely long.

Their legs were more or less like those of an elephant, yet they were extremely thick, especially to support their impressive weight. They also had claws very similar to hoofs that were used to dig holes to lay eggs and also as a defense for predators because with their large size became an easy prey. One thing to mention is that their bones were hollow which gave them a special support and also made them much lighter. Although it is not very credible because of its great mass, it was a pretty good runner, achieving about 7 km/hour, and when he ran or walked together his footsteps could be heard from many kilometers away.

The Argentinosaurus was discovered in what is called the Limay River Formation in Argentina, this was entirely on the initiative of different Argentine associations, museums and universities in 1989. That’s why his name ended up being Argentinosaurus. The remains found were studied by the team formed by Bonaparte and Coria, finishing their full description in 1993 so this gigantic dinosaur does not have much time to have come to light. A curious history is that all these efforts to study it were made by the National University of Comahue and the Carmen Funes Museum, among others. These efforts began because Mr. Guillermo Heredia found the remains of the Argentinosaurus almost by accident and warned the correct authorities that they had set to work and found the largest dinosaur ever seen.

The Argentinosaurus was a herbivore and a fairly large one and fed on complete pines and cycads. In the matter of food its size was important because of the amount of food he had to eat, there are two theories about it both revolve around the temperature of his blood. If it were cold-blooded, then I would have to eat about half a tonne of food, but if it were warm-blooded I would eat a little more than two tonnes, but this theory has perhaps been left out because this amount would be impossible to consume in a single day. In addition, his teeth, like other dinosaurs, did not fully chew his food, so being warm-blooded and ingesting this food would be practically impossible, because this would mean he would have to eat all day. In this regard, it has been theorized that if it were the case, his brain would be divided so that he could sleep on one side and have the other alert to continue eating, however, the most accepted theory is that he ate about half a ton and would be cold-blooded.

What makes the Argentinosaurus special is obviously its large size, a dinosaur 30 meters long, 21 meters tall and up to 120 tons tall is basically a building, it would weigh exactly the same as about 15 adult elephants, only its leg was about 2 meters long. All that is known about the size of the Argentinosaurus is because of the few bones that were found, which were some vertebrae, tibia, ribs and a sacrum bone. The massive size of these bones led to calculate the large size of the Argentinosaurus and with each new study of these bones the size of the Argentinosaurus grows more and more, it has been thought that it can even reach 45 meters, the most conservative leave it at 25 meters which is already an impressive size. In addition to the above, they also had a large rate of relatively slow growth, since only when they reached the age of 50 did they reach their full size.

Where else can you find him?

Al Argentinosaurus being of recent discovery has not had the opportunity to appear in many productions or be in many films. Its impressive bones can be visited at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Georgia. He’s also on Dino Tren and Dinosaur Strolling.