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PopWrapped | Science

Say Hello To The Titanosaur

Robin Klein | PopWrapped Author

Robin Klein

Updated 01/21/2016 9:42pm
Say Hello To The Titanosaur | Titanosaur
Media Courtesy of NYfamily

Just this January, New York City's American Museum of Natural History added another dinosaur to their fossil hall. This is a world-famous fossil hall at the museum due to the range of fossils on display from dinosaurs extinct from decades before.

The Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio lead by paleontologists, Jose Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, discovered the new fossils in Patagonia, Argentina and extracted them. These discoveries suggest that the newly discovered dinosaur was "a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons. The species lived in the forests of today’s Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered." 

The 122-foot-long dinosaur is the biggest dinosaur in the hall and has replaced the fleshed-out model of a juvenile Barosaurus that had been on display "since the completion of the fourth floor in June 1996."

This discovery has captured the media and is in news sources everywhere. The American Museum's  senior Vice President, Michael J. Novak, told the New York Times that "there's nothing like finding a great new fossil, especially such a huge one." 

The American Museum of Natural History is happy to have a new dinosaur for the incoming museum-goers to look at and learn about.

The exhibition opened on January 15th, 2016 and will be open until January 1st, 2020. It is located in the Wallach Orientation Center on the fourth floor. Don't forget to buy tickets and check out the new fossils of a million-year-old dinosaur.

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