Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.

Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall.

Weighing in at 77 tonnes, it was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and seven tonnes heavier than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus.

Scientists believe it is a new species of titanosaur - an enormous long-neck herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period.  They unearthed the partial skeletons of seven individuals - about 150 bones in total - all in “remarkable condition”


An exceptional Celtic royal tomb has been found in eastern France

A tomb from the fifth century BC, likely that of a Celtic prince, has been unearthed in a small French town, shedding light on Iron Age European trade, researchers say.
The “exceptional” grave, crammed with Greek and possibly Etruscan artifacts, was discovered in a business zone on the outskirts of Lavau in France’s Champagne region, said the National Archaeological Research Institute, Inrap.
A team from the institute has been excavating the site since October last year, and have dated it to the end of the First Iron Age — a period characterized by the widespread use of the metal.
The burial mound, 40 metres across, has at its heart a 14 sq m burial chamber, not yet opened, of an ancient VIP.
“It is probably a local Celtic prince,” Inrap president Dominique Garcia told journalists on a field visit.
The most exciting find, he said, was a large bronze-decorated cauldron that was used to store watered-down wine. It appears to have been made by Etruscan craftsmen from an area that is today in Italy.
The mausoleum also contained a decorated ceramic wine pitcher made by the Greeks.
The pieces “are evidence of the exchanges that happened between the Mediterranean and the Celts,” said Garcia.
The end of the sixth and beginning of the fifth centuries BC were characterized by the rise of Etruscan and Greek city states like Marseilles in southern France.
Mediterranean merchants, seeking slaves, metals and other precious goods, opened trading channels with continental Celts

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