The largest dinosaur to walk the earth is coming to London next year
Last year, scientists unearthed massive, 98-million-year-old fossils in southwest Argentina that belonged to the largest dinosaur ever discovered.
During an excavation at the Candeleros Formation in the Neuquen River Valley in southwest Argentina, human-sized pieces of fossilized bone belonging to the giant sauropod were discovered.
A cast of the spectacular titanosaur, known as Patagotitan mayorum, will be on display at the Museum of Natural History in London from March 31 next year.
Visitors will have a chance to come face-to-face with the largest dinosaur that ever lived.
The titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum is the biggest dinosaur that scientists have discovered to date.
This long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur lived over 100 million years ago in what is now Patagonia, Argentina.
It’s the most complete gigantic dinosaur ever discovered, and is four times heavier than Dippy the Diplodocus, as well as 12 metres longer than Hope the blue whale.
This is the first time ever that the dinosaur will be displayed in Europe.
Visitors will be able to walk beneath the towering titanosaur and even touch a cast of its skull in the interactive exhibition.
The exhibit will follow its journey from a tiny egg to a giant towering head and shoulders above its fellow Cretaceous critters.
The colossal dinosaur is so large that it barely fits inside the 9-metre-high Waterhouse gallery.
‘Patagotitan mayorum is an incredible specimen that tells us more about giant titanosaurs than ever before,’ said Professor Paul Barrett, science lead on the exhibition.
‘Comparable in weight to more than nine African elephants, this star specimen will inspire visitors to care for some of the planet’s largest and most vulnerable creatures, which face similar challenges for survival, and show that within Earth’s ecosystems, size really does matter.’
‘We are so excited that Patagotitan, the most complete giant dinosaur ever discovered, is making its European debut here at the Natural History Museum, the home of the dinosaur,’ said Dr Alex Burch, Director of Public Programmes at the Museum.
‘Our fascination with dinosaurs provides the ideal opportunity to inspire and inform the next generation about the natural world, and empower them to act for the planet.’
The cast of Patagotitan mayorum has been provided to the Museum by the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF), Argentina.
Advance tickets for the exhibit are available now.
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