A. I guess like most children their age, my two young sons are fascinated with dinosaurs.
Their firm favourite is, perhaps inevitably, the T-Rex. “Was that the biggest ever
dinosaur in the world dad?” they recently inquired. Great question I thought, so
what’s the answer?
Well, the T-Rex wasn’t the biggest ever dinosaur to have roamed our planet. But establishing
the actual size of dinosaurs isn’t as easy as you may think since we rarely find
complete skeletons and estimates do vary considerably. However, although some palaeontologists
claim there were larger dinosaurs (for example Bruhathkaysaurus, Amphicoelias and
Puertasaurus to name but three), the Argentinosaurus (a sauropod who’s bones were
found – believe it or not – in Argentina!) is widely considered to be the biggest
dinosaur because of the amount of evidence unearthed. It is estimated to have reached
lengths of 30+ metres/98 feet (longer than 3 London buses) and weigh 90 tonnes (around
17 elephants). Thank goodness it was a plant eater!