Skull of the biggest animal to walk the Earth revealed after seven years of reconstruction
POSTED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC NEWS — Spanish researchers unveiled the skull of one of the biggest animals to ever walk the Earth on Tuesday, April 3.
It’s the skull of a Turiasaurus Riodevensis, a gargantuan plant-eating dinosaur up to 125 feet long and weighing as much as seven elephants or about 40 tons.
Its fossilized remains were found in 2005 and it took paleontologists seven years to piece them together.
The animal lived 145 million years ago and was a Sauropod, that familiar kind of dinosaur with a long neck, long tail and massive body that walked on four huge legs.
The skull was pieced together from thirty-five bones and seven teeth.
It's rare that the skulls of Sauropods are found. Some bones making up the skull are only one millimeter thick.