Fortunately, what Lacovara and his team ended up with amounted to more than 70 percent of the creature’s skeletal mass. This was more than enough to determine some truly incredible facts about the beast that the skeleton belonged to.
Lacovara was heading a team from Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences. In Patagonia, over four periods between 2005 and 2009, his group painstakingly excavated the monumental find. And eventually, after years of study and research, they had reached a stunning conclusion.
Using modern techniques, the team worked out that the dinosaur wasn’t just big; it was, in fact, an example of the biggest creature ever to have walked the planet. And amazingly, when it died it wasn’t even fully grown.