Futalongcosaurus - Giant Dinosaur

Futalongcosaurus belongs to the group of titasaurs (Titanosauria). Its name comes from two words: in the Mapuche language, “futa” means “giant”, and “longko” - “main”.

Translated from Latin, Saurus - lizards. One species, Futalognkosaurus dukei Calvo, received another part of its name - Dukei, in honor of Duke Energy, an Argentine energy company that sponsored the excavations in 2000-2003, when a huge skeleton of this dinosaur was discovered.

Futalognkosaurus dukei Calvo - giant in the world of lizards

Futalongkosaurus (Futalognkosaurus), like Puertasaurus, lived in the Late Cretaceous, but 10-15 million years earlier, that is, about 87-80 million years ago. This species lived in areas of South America, in what is now Argentina. As you know, this area is famous for the fact that the largest dinosaurs of all that were found, for example, Argentinosaurs, lived here. Judging by the skeletons of Argentinosaurus (Argentinosaurus) discovered here, they were about 33 meters long and weighed 70-80 tons. They lived at the beginning of the Cretaceous period (100 million years ago).

Skeleton of a futalnosaurus in the Ontario Museum, Canada

The length of the futalohnosaurus was about 32-34 meters, and its height was 15 m. Its weight reached 80 tons. The spine weighed 9 tons.

Discovered in 2000, the skeleton is one of the most valuable discoveries among large dinosaurs, because it has survived by almost 70%. Only the tail was missing. He became the most complete skeleton of a giant dinosaur that he could ever find. It was discovered during excavations in the Argentinean province of Neuquen. Description of the species was completed at the end of 2007.


Sizes of a futalnosaurus:

  • length: 32-34 m;
  • height: 15 m;
  • back width: 3 m;
  • the neck consists of 14 vertebrae;
  • weight: 80 tons;
  • spine weight: 9 t.


  • Squadron: dinosaurs.
  • Squad: lizards.
  • Suborder: zauropodomorfy.
  • Infratryad: sauropods.
  • Group: Titanosauria.
  • Superfamily: Titanosauridea.
  • Genus: futalognkozaur.
  • View: Futalognkosaurus dukei.

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