101 million years ago, an astonishingly large dinosaur breathed its last breath on a muddy riverbank in what would eventually become Patagonia in Argentina.
We don’t know exactly how it died. Possibly it just got stuck in the mud, a potentially fatal prospect for an animal that weighed as much as 14 African elephants.
Its 2.4-metre-long, 600-kilogram femur was eventually unearthed by an Argentinian farm worker, and later inspected by paleontologists from Argentina’s Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio.
This week on Our Changing World, RNZ podcast producer and occasional dinosaur correspondent, William Ray, visits Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa Dinosaurs of Patagonia, a special exhibit at Te Papa Museum, to discover the surprising link between the giant dinosaurs of Patagonia and prehistoric New Zealand.