The remains of the largest megaraptor in history have been found in Patagonia.
A team of palaeontologists led by Mauro Arancial Rolando carried out the backbone of one of the largest predatory dinosaurs known to science. It was discovered back in 2019, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, excavations had to be postponed. The extinct monster was named “Maip macrothorax” in honour of the evil spirit from the mythology of the Patagonese people Teulce. The remains found indicate that the dinosaur was up to 10 m long and weighing about 5 tons, making it an incredibly dangerous predator. For comparison, other megaraptors were up to 8 m long and were only one metre taller than humans, but at the same time were incredibly effective in hunting. There is a version that megaraptors could even grab their victims and tear them apart without using a mouth, because their teeth are quite small.Probably, these predators relied on the speed and strength of their claws, and their size allowed them to hunt almost any game that lived in modern Argentina 70 million years ago.