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‘World’s biggest dinosaur’ roars into London

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The biggest dinosaur ever discovered will have its likeness put on display at London’s Natural History Museum.

So, how did this 101-million-year-old fearsome vegetarian arrive in the capital?

It’s actually a youngster in archaeology terms after being dug up in Patagonia in 2010, and is now on loan to London from colleagues in Argentina.

At 37 metres long and 5m tall, the Titanosaur dwarfs the NHM's previous largest sauropod, much-loved Dippy the diplodocus.

Patagotitan mayorum - its Latin name - is also 12m longer than Hope, the blue whale skeleton on display in the museum’s Hintze Hall.

In fact, it was so big that a researcher was seen noticeably shorter when photographed laying next to the dinosaur's half-ton thigh bone.

Now, the titanosaur will take up residence in the Waterhouse Gallery, with 280 original bones cast from the Patagonia dig.

The Leader speaks with Sinéad Marron, the Natural History Museum’s Titanosaur exhibition lead.


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