When he first spotted the bone, Kenneth Lacovara didn’t think it out of the ordinary. It was the first day of a dig in 2005 in southern Argentina, and he’d already found a number of dinosaur bones. And even when the spur turned out to be attached to a 6-foot leg bone, Lacovara kept his excitement in check.
But what Lacovara didn’t realize was that, by the end of the dig, he and his team would have discovered 130 bones. And these bones would, in fact, come together to create a picture of one of the most astounding creatures that ever walked the Earth.
If you look in the right places, finding a dinosaur bone in Argentina isn’t that difficult; it’s finding lots of them that counts. Indeed, the aim of any good dinosaur hunter is to discover as much of a skeleton as possible. And the more complete the specimen, the more information can be gleaned.