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Argentinosaurus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous (97-93.5 Mya)
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A restoration of Argentinosaurus huinculensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Family: Antarctosauridae
Genus: Argentinosaurus
Bonaparte & Coria, 1993
Species: A. huinculensis
Binomial name
Argentinosaurus huinculensis
Bonaparte & Coria, 1993
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Argentinosaurus had been estimated to be about 30–39.7 meters long and 73–96.4 tonnes in weight when fully grown. Like all sauropods, it probably ate the leaves off the tops of conifers. It was a titanosaur, some of the biggest animals to have ever walked on land, and grew to that size to protect itself from predators like Giganotosaurus and Mapusaurus except that it could nearly outrun any predator away. It also most likely travelled in herds from place to place, finding where the vegetation was more dense, the best possible food areas are after they've stripped the last area down. It was also one of the last giant sauropods to have lived, and may have shared its environment with another, smaller sauropod called Amargasaurus. Argentinosaurus is considered to be the largest dinosaur to scientists but actually there are about 3 more sauropods which compete with size with it, an Unnamed Patagonian titanosaur at 40 meters, Bruhathkayosaurus at 44 meters and Amphicoelias at 58 meters, people think that that's because of scientists have less evidence that they actually existed or not.


Argentinosaurus hunt

A pack of Giganotosaurus attacking an Argentinosaurus

In Popular CultureEdit

Argentinosaurus was featured in a Walking with Dinosaurs special, Land of Giants, where Nigel Marvin tries to find them and see how they lived and survived from predators like Giganotosaurus. They were also in the BBC documentary Planet Dinosaur, where a herd of them is attacked by a pack of Mapusaurus. It was a main character in the IMAX movie, Dinosaurs, Giants of Patagonia. It also appears in Jurassic World: The Game as a common dinosaur.


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Giants of Patagonia Argentinosaurus





ReferencesEdit

Websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentinosaurus

http://www.rareresource.com/argentinosaurus.htm

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/a/argentinosaurus.html

http://www.dinochecker.com/dinosaurs/ARGENTINOSAURUS

http://www.paleoglot.org/files/Bonaparte&Coria_93.pdf

http://www.miketaylor.org.uk/tmp/papers/Mazzetta-et-al_04_SA-dino-body-size.pdf

Documentaries:

Chased by Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, Giants of Patagonia

Planet Dinosaur

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