Taxon: Futalognkosaurus dukei
Specimen Number: Cast based on MUCPv-323
Year Created: 2012
Dimensions: 110 ft long
Futalognkosaurus was discovered in Argentina by paleontologist Jorge Calvo in his team, and is the largest dinosaur known from reasonably complete remains. Although there are several dinosaur species projected to be larger than Futalognkosaurus, they are only known from a handful of skeletal elements. As such, amount of Futalognkosaurus requires considerably less extrapolation and fewer sculpted elements than a mount of Argentinosaurus or Sauroposeidon.
In 2012, the Royal Ontario Museum commissioned Research Casting International, today’s industry leaders in museum-caliber fossil mounts, to create more than twenty new mounts for their “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibition, including the giant Futalognkosaurus. The sauropod manufactured by RCI, based on three Futalognkosaurus partial skeletons that reside in Argentina, is by necessity a cast. It is made of several “chunks”, combining multiple bones into single casted pieces for ease of transportation and assembly. The crew at the ROM reportedly were able to unload and assemble the sauropod mount in a single night.
The Futalognkosaurus, which was the largest dinosaur mount yet displayed in North America,stood in the main lobby of the ROM until March 2013. “Ultimate Dinosaurs” has since started traveling, and is next scheduled to appear in Minneapolis, although it is unclear whether Futalognkosaurus will be included.
Photos from RomKids.