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Biggest dinosaur ever found arrives at Chicago's Field Museum


Chicago's Field Museum announced Wednesday that it had unveiled a cast of the largest dinosaur ever discovered in its Stanley Field Hall this week, it said in a press release.

The Field Museum said the specimen is nicknamed "Maximo" - Spanish for "maximum" or "most" - reference to its vast size and Argentinian origin.

Maximo boasts a 122-foot-long touchable cast that takes up a third of Stanley Field Hall, and its head peeks over the 28-foot balcony on the building's second floor.

The cast is made from the fossil bones of Patagotitan Mayorum, a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina that comes from a group of dinosaurs called titanosaurs.

Maximo will be joined by a flock of life-size replicas of giant flying reptiles and state-of-the-art hanging gardens in Stanley meant to commemorate the museum's 125th anniversary this year.

"Our goal as an institution is to offer visitors the best possible dinosaur experiences, and we want that to start right when visitors first enter Stanley Field Hall," Field Museum president Richard Lariviere said.

"The new titanosaur is huge and it looks amazing in Stanley Field Hall," he added. "It is the perfect home to display the world's largest dinosaur."

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