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Meet the largest dinosaur ever found: Patagotitan

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The largest dinosaur found so far has a titanic new name.

The supersized sauropod that lived in Argentina about 102 million years ago has been named Patagotitan mayorum.

Patagotitan was 130 feet long and weighed around 70 tons, according to The Atlantic.

At that size, they would dwarf their long-necked relative Brachiosaurus, which ranged from 80 to 85 feet in length and weighed about 62 tons as adults.

It was longer than a blue whale and weighed as much as 12 African elephants, researchers said.

Patagotitan also holds the record as the largest animal that has walked on land, according to National Geographic.

The thigh bone of Patagotitan is 8 feet long — the largest bone ever found, The Atlantic reported.

Several researchers helped put that in perspective by tweeting photos of themselves lying next to the fossil.

Argentinian shepherd Aureliano Hernandez found the bone at a farm where he worked, according to The Atlantic. But Hernandez died before paleontologists confirmed the magnitude of his discovery.

Paleontologists Jose Luis Carbadillo and Diego Pol from Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum spent more than a year excavating the fossil.

A full model of the titanosaur is on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, but researchers published their findings this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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