New dinosaur skeleton will spill out of hall at famed New York museum

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Even by the standards of New York's American Museum of Natural History -- home of an enormous blue whale model that draws visitors from around the world -- this is big.

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A new, 122-foot (37-meter) dinosaur skeleton to be unveiled on Friday is too long to fit in the fossil hall and so its neck and head will poke out toward the elevator banks, offering a surprise greeting when the lift doors open.

"Paleontologists have inferred that this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons - as much as 10 African elephants," Miller said in a statement.

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In January 2016, the Museum is adding another must-see exhibit to its world-famous Fossil Halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it. Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons. The species lived in the forests of today’s Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who received his Ph.D. at the American Museum of Natural History. The titanosaur cast will be installed in the Wallach Orientation Center on the fourth floor. Learn more about the titanosaur: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/the-titanosaur VIDEO CREDITS: VIDEO AMNH/J. Bauerle PHOTOGRAPHY Dr. Alejandro Otero MUSIC: “Evolution to Space” by Colleen Sharmat - Warner Chappell Production Music
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One of the largest dinosaurs ever found, the species was discovered in 2014 in Argentina's Patagonia region, where titanosaurs roamed the forests about 100 million years ago.

Experts said the biggest threat posed by gargantuan plant eaters was being stepped on.

The titanosaur's remains were excavated in the Argentinian desert near La Flecha by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who studied at the New York museum.

One enormous femur found at the site will be among five original fossils temporarily on view with the titanosaur, Miller said.

There are other giant beasts housed at the museum -- including an actual mummified wooly mammoth that lived about 11,000 years ago, according to the museum website.

Among the biggest hits with visitors are the Tyrannosaurus rex, with its 4-foot (1.2-meter) long jaw and 6-inch (15-cm) long teeth, and the blue whale, a 21,000-pound (9,525-kg) fiberglass model that is 94 feet (29 meters) long.

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10. American Museum of Natural History

New York, New York 

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9. USS Midway Museum

San Diego, California 

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

8. Chihuly Garden and Glass

Seattle, Washington 

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

7. The Frick Collection

New York, New York 

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

6. National Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C. 

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5. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C. 

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

4. Getty Center

Los Angeles, California 

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3. National WWII Museum

New Orleans, Louisiana 

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2. The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois 

(AP Photo/Caryn Rousseau)

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York 

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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