Dinosaurs, in general, are pretty big. But this one is, as of now, the biggest.
We've been studying dinosaurs for a long time now. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong. In fact, chances are a slew of the dinosaurs you knew from your childhood turned out not to even be real.
But that's the beauty of constantly studying our own planet -- there's always more to discover, even when it changes our perception of the truth. In fact, strike that: ESPECIALLY when it changes our perception of the truth.
And recently, we redefined our definition of just how huge dinosaurs could be when scientists in Argentina discovered the biggest fossil of all time! Here are some details from Time:
Based on its thigh bones, the dinosaur was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall, and at 85 tons, it was the weight of 14 African elephants. Basically, picture a seven-story building as long as a large yacht, and then add a set of teeth.
That's terrifying -- and awesome! The only thing that makes imagining this titanosaur traipsing around town slightly less pants-wetting is the current assumption that this sucker was an herbivore. So, the good news is, if we Jurassic Park-ed this bad boy, he wouldn't eat us. Bad news -- we'd have, like, no trees ever again.
Regardless, this is an awesome find and rekindles the childlike wonder that arose in us the first time we ever imagined what it was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.