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Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur have given it an equally colossal name: Dre
Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts
Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara works in a lab near vertebrae from a Dreadnaughtus schrani at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Photographer: The Associated Press

Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus (dred-NAW'-tuss), which means "fearing nothing."

Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

When the four-legged beast roamed in Argentina, it stretched about 85 feet long and weighed about 65 tons. That's more than seven times the weight of even a plus-size male African elephant. It probably lived about 75 million to 77 million years ago.

The creature, which ate plants, is described in a study released by the journal Scientific Reports.

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