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Largest Dinosaur in Brazil Found Kept in a Cupboard for 60 Years

Oct 07, 2016 05:19 AM EDT
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Brazilian scientists have announced on Wednesday the discovery of the fossil of an 82-foot dinosaur who lived approximately 66 million years ago. The said fossil was not unearthed from an archaeological site, but was, in fact, kept hidden in a storage cupboard.

According to Phys Org, the dinosaur, dubbed as Austroposeidon magnificus, was a herbivore sporting a long neck and measures up to 82 feet long.

The said plan-eater dinosaur belonged to a dinosaur group known as titanosaurs and lived during the Cretaceous Period on Gondwana, the supercontinent which is now South America, India, Antarctica, Africa and Australia at present time, Latino Fox News reports.

The said creature was discovered by Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price in 1953, but due to money constraints and lack of people who are willing to study the gigantic dinosaur.

READ:  World's Largest Titanosaur Footprint Discovered in Mongolian Desert

"A friend said to me just yesterday, 'Diogones, what, it took you 60 years?' It sounds a bit ridiculous to say this," Museum director Diogenes de Almeida Campos told Phys Org. "We were waiting for the staff..., for a laboratory that started from nothing to mature. We made a first effort with students about eight years ago and it didn't succeed."

A life-size reconstruction of the dinosaur's arm has been create using tomograph and the unearthed fossils, which reveal that the said species had a denser bone layer unusual to scientists.

Magnificus now holds the record for the largest dinosaur in Brazil, beating Maxakalisaurus topai, another titanosaur that measures 42 feet.

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