'Titanosaur': Largest Dinosaur Ever Discovered in Argentina

May 19, 2014 10:56 AM EDT

Scientists claim to have unearthed fossils in Argentina belonging to the largest dinosaur ever to walk the Earth.

Dubbed "Titanosaur," the once ferocious beast weighed in at 77 metric tons - the equivalent of 14 African elephants - booting the sauropod Argentinosaurus out of its record-holding spot.

"Given the size of these bones, which surpass any of the previously known giant animals, the new dinosaur is the largest animal known that walked on Earth," researchers told BBC News.

"Its length, from its head to the tip of its tail, was [130 feet.] Standing with its neck up, it was about [65 feet] high - equal to a seven-story building."

A local farmer accidentally stumbled upon the remains in a desert near La Flecha, part of the Patagonian region in Argentina.

Dr. Jose Luis Carballido led a team of researchers from Argentina's Museum of Palaeontology in finding a cluster of seven of them amid nearly 200 bones - all in "remarkable condition."

Experts believe that they died their together, possibly from drought or getting stuck in the mud, CNN reported.

The Titanosaur was a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod that walked on four legs and lived during the Cretaceous Period, approximately 95 to 100 million years ago.

But with any discovery, scientists are taking it in with a healthy dose of skepticism. This is not the first time paleontologists clamed to have found the "world's largest dinosaur."

The most recent was the Argentinosaurus, originally believed to weigh a whopping 100 tons, but later scaled back to 70, according to The Washington Post.

Researchers cite their discovery as a "true paleontological treasure," and are holding off on naming the giant herbivore.

"It will be named describing its magnificence and in honor to both the region and the farm owners who alerted us about the discovery," they said.

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