Dreadnoughtus Schrani: The Largest Dinosaur Ever
Discovered in 2005 near the tip of South America in Argentina, the Dreadnoughtus schrani, dwarfs everything when compared to it. The amazing find shows a 65 ton behemoth as long as a basketball court (85 feet) AND two stories tall. Its 37 ft. long neck allowed it to reach many types of tall vegetation, while its 29 ft. long tail acted as a whip and weapon when needed. It was 30 feet wide. But these measurements were of a still growing dinosaur or a teenager according to a recent report of the fossil found.
The dig by some 17 scientists yielded 16 tons of bones. The report reveals the monster dinos lived 66 million and 83 million years ago in an area that was similar to the State of Maine. They were vegetarian judging by their two inch long teeth. The specimens found most likely died in a some sort of major flood when they were caught in mire. The find is unique because a 70% complete skeleton was found intact.
The name comes from the early 20th century dreadnought warships and the name of the man who sponsored the exploration, Alan Schran, hence, Dreadnoughtus schrain