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Dinosaur as big as 10 elephants gets a new name

This file photo taken on January 14, 2016 shows the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, was unveiled Wednesday at a news conference in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT

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A new species of titanosaur discovered in Patagonia, Argentina three years ago and perhaps the largest known dinosaur to have existed, has been official named as Patagotitan mayorum.

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Dinosaur as big as 10 elephants gets a new name.

AFP – A new species of titanosaur was formally given a new name Wednesday: Patagotitan mayorum.

It was discovered in Patagonia, Argentina three years ago and is perhaps the largest known dinosaur to have existed

The name translates as "giant from Patagonia", paleontologist Diego Pol told an unveiling ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where a cast of the colossal creature has been on display since 2016.

It is so huge that its head and neck extend into a lobby.

The remains of the giant herbivore – which would have lived 100 million years ago – were excavated in 2014.

The young adult is thought to have weighed up to 70 tons – as much as 10 African elephants.

In total 223 fossil bones from six of the creatures were discovered at the site near La Flecha, 216 kilometers west of Trelew, in northeastern Patagonia.

As the fossils would have been too heavy to mount, the colossal 37.2-meter cast is made up of 3D fibreglass prints of the bones.

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