For those participating in Dinosaur March Madness and voting on sauropods right now, I figured I’d make just a little clarification. Titanosaurus is one of the eligible candidates in its category, but I think a lot of people voting on it may not realize what they’re voting on. For the record, this is Titanosaurus:
A few fragmentary vertebrae.
Google will tell you this is also Titanosaurus, from AMNH.
This is not Titanosaurus, however. I don’t believe it’s been classified? (I could be wrong though)
Don’t vote for Titanosaurus unless you actually want a few fragmentary vertebrae to win.
Here are some fast facts and figures to get you up to speed on the Museum’s new permanent resident:
This titanosaur weighed around 70 tons—as much as 10 African elephants.
The 122-foot-long cast is too large to fit into the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Orientation Center at the Museum. Its 39-foot-long neck extends out towards the elevator banks and its head, which hangs 9.5 feet above the floor, peeks out of the gallery to welcome visitors to the fossil floor.
With its neck up, this titanosaur is tall enough to peek into a five-story building.
Discovered in 2014 in Argentine Patagonia, this dinosaur is so new that it has not even been formally named by the scientists who discovered it, from Argentina’s Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF).
The life-sized cast was created over six months by Research Casting International in Ontario, Canada in association with Argentina’s MEF. The cast is based on 84 excavated fossil bones.
The skeleton on display doesn’t include any real fossils, which are far too heavy to mount. Instead, its bones are lightweight 3D prints made of fiberglass and based on digital copies of the original fossils.
Another large sauropod, Apatosaurus, which is also on display on the fourth floor of the Museum, is 86 feet long and in life would have weighed between 30 and 40 tons, roughly half the weight of this 70-ton titanosaur, which is one of the largest sauropods ever discovered.
The Museum’s 94-foot model of a blue whale is nearly 30 feet shorter than this titanosaur. But even with the discovery of this gigantic dinosaur, blue whales are still the heaviest species that ever existed. Blue whales weigh up to 200 tons, compared to this titanosaur’s 70 tons.
Around 100 million years ago, this animal lived in what is now Argentina. This huge dinosaur is a sauropod: a massive plant-eater with a long neck and a whip-like tail. Sauropods roamed the planet for 140 million years and include the largest land animals ever. Many of the biggest sauropods, including this one, are members of the group called titanosaurs.
The Museum’s 94-foot model of a blue whale is nearly 30 feet shorter than the new titanosaur. But even with the discovery of this gigantic dinosaur, blue whales are still the heaviest species that ever existed. Blue whales weigh up to 200 tons, compared to this titanosaur’s 70 tons!
Meet the Titanosaur, the Museum’s new largest dinosaur.
The 122-foot-long cast is too large to fit into its new home in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Orientation Center at the Museum. Its 39-foot-long neck extends out towards the elevator banks and its head, which hangs 9.5 feet above the floor, peeks out of the gallery to welcome visitors to the fossil floor. With its neck up, this titanosaur is tall enough to peek into a five-story building!
How to Build a Titanosaur: The toes are connected to the leg bone, the leg bone is connected to the hip bone. This massive sauropod will be revealed in its new home at the American Museum of Natural History this week! Learn more.
How do you eat a skip full of food every day without ever chewing? How do you walk on tiptoes when you’re the length of four London buses? How do you have sex when you weigh 70 tons? While the answers to these three questions is probably “with great difficulty”, scientists are tackling such improbable questions after uncovering what is undoubtedly the biggest dinosaur excavation of all time.
In the spring of 2014, a lone farmer scanned his land, looking for a lost sheep. He thought there was something odd about the rocky ledge his grizzled old sheep was perched on. Dinosaur finds aren’t uncommon in the area but the outcrop was huge – could it really be a bone? He called in the scientists. When they determined that the ledge was in fact the 8ft thigh bone of a dinosaur, this sleepy Argentinian farm became the most important dinosaur dig site for more than 100 years.
On this Fossil Friday, learn all about the Titanosaur’s travels.
In 2014, a rancher in the arid Patagonia region of Argentina stumbled upon a bone like none he’d ever seen before. He shared his discovery with the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, which brought in paleontologist Dr. Diego Pol and colleagues to assess the extraordinary find.When they arrived at the site and began uncovering fossils, it became clear to Dr. Pol and team that they were looking at an unusually large animal. Dr. Pol, who received his Ph.D. degree in a joint program between Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in 2005, emailed a photo of an 8-foot femur, or thigh bone, to his mentor, Macaulay Curator of Paleontology Mark Norell.