The research article conducted by a multidisciplinary team, that took four years, is published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (United Kingdom). Scientists have given an official name to the new species: Patagotitan mayorum, which gives information that helps understanding key aspects on the evolution of titanosaur sauropods.
The scientific Staff of the Existing Plants area in Mef has been working for several years searching for crops to the production of oils, resins, fatty acids and gums of industrial use that would adapt to the arid conditions in this region.
About 300 million years ago the Andes hadn´t risen yet, what allowed the current Pacific Ocean cover a great part of West Patagonia. The Sierra de Tepuel area, located 100 km southeast from Esquel city (West of Chubut) is especially rich in fossils from that time, which represents part of the Carboniferous and Permian Periods and has a marine record spanning a continuous temporal interval of practically 70 millions of years. This uninterrupted record of so many millions of years, along with the great amount and diversity of fossils found make this site of great importance for researchers who study this particular time lapse.
This recreation will be inaugurated on February 24th; it´s the largest dinosaur known worldwide until today.
Scientists have been studying this new species of a giant kind of dinosaurs since 2013, when the fossil remains of at least 7 individuals were found in Chubut Province (Patagonia, Argentina). Research focuses on understanding several facets, such as: what were they like, how and when they died, what their age was, or what their surroundings were like… And a big question that challenges imagination: What would it feel like to be aside them? Soon, we´ll be able to know the answer to this question.