The story of the discovery of the largest dinosaur ever found.
On Sunday, January 24th, Sir David Attenborough, one of the worldwide most recognized dissemination broadcaster, will be presenting the story of the discovery and reconstruction of the largest dinosaur ever: a new species of titanosaur, found in Patagonia, Argentina.
A replica of the titanosaurus discovered in Chubut, becomes part of the permanent exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, one of the most important museums of natural sciences in the world.
On January 14, 2016, Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, unveiled to the scientific community and the international media, the largest dinosaur found so far, which will become part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum.
Today, the Mef celebrates 25 years since it was first open, at an old building in downtown Trelew, Patagonia. From that moment, this Institution has grown beyond its exhibitions, becoming an internationally recognized center of scientific activities considered unique of its type in South America.
Patagonia is a land worldwide known for its fossil fields, so vast and rich, that have been of interest for generations of paleontologists. And it is here, in Trelew city, where the MEF has taken, for the last 25 years, the commitment of protecting, investigating and sharing Patagonia´s paleontological richness.
A MEF paleontologist is involved in the recent discovery made between Argentine and South African researchers that highlights the importance of both territories in the origin and diversification of sauropods.
Sefapanosaurus zastronensis, as he was named because of the particularity of its ankle bone in a cross shape, belonged to the group of basal Sauropodomorphs, bipedal herbivores with long necks and small heads, ancestors of the sauropods, the large four-legged, long-necked dinosaurs.
In 1930, in the district of Zastron (South Africa), it was extracted a part of the left foot and several pieces of the spine and limbs of a dinosaur which was initially classified as a primitive sauropodomorph.