Brazil just discovered its biggest ever dinosaur, which he named “Austroposeidon magnificus”, in a storage cupboard.
The animal that lived some 70 million years ago and grew to more than 82 feet in length belonged to the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs, which were plant-eaters with a long neck and tail and a relatively small head that lived during the Cretaceous Period on the supercontinent of Gondwana, consisting of the current continents of South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia.
By the time the creature was found by renowned Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price in 1953, only a few hefty, fossilized bits of the spine remained.
Researchers knew immediately they’d stumbled on something big.
During the presentation of the findings, Alex Kellner, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Brazil, lamented the fact that the discovery had been delayed for decades due to the scarcity of funds devoted to scientific research in the South American giant.
The remains of what has been pronounced Brazil’s biggest dinosaur, went on general public view for the first time Thursday.