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Titanosaur, Museum's Biggest Dinosaur Ever, Tight Fit in NYC

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Titanosaur is too long to fit in the fossil hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

By    |   Friday, 15 Jan 2016 08:33 AM

A replica Titanosaur skeleton will go on display Friday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, setting a record as the largest dinosaur to ever be displayed there.

At 122-feet long and nearly 20 feet tall, the new, four-legged beast surpasses the museum's blue whale model by about 30 feet, and the T. rex display by what seems like a mile.

"The prehistoric creature is so big it cannot even fit in the gallery space. Part of its 39-foot-long neck will extend through the passageway to greet visitors," CNN reported.

Titanosaur was only recently discovered, in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina, in 2014.

A team led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina spent over 18 months carefully excavating the find. They unearthed 223 fossil bones in total belonging to six individual creatures.

"This animal is so new it doesn't even have an official species name yet," said Mark Norell, chairman and Macaulay Curator at the natural history museum.

While Titanosaur's size alone may look scary, scientists have determined that the giant dinosaur — which weighed in around 70 tons — was likely an herbivore.

"They were probably not much of a threat if you lived back then," Don Phillips, president of the New York Paleontological Society, told The Wall Street Journal, "unless you got stepped on by one." 

The species roamed the earth roughly 100 million years ago, and were apparently quite abundant.

"Titanosaur fossils have been unearthed on every continent, and an abundance of discoveries in recent years has helped us appreciate the deep diversity of this group," said Michael Novacek, the museum's senior vice president and provost for science.

Before the big unveiling, the American Museum of Natural History tweeted out a fun time-lapse video showing the giant dinosaur being assembled.



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