20 Dec 2023

Our Changing World – Dinosaurs of Patagonia

From Afternoons, 3:35 pm on 20 December 2023
Visitors walk in front of a large dinosaur skeleton that looks a bit like a T. rex. In the foreground lie huge femur bones longer than a person.

Visitors to Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa Photo: Neil Price / Te Papa

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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.

Listen to the full episode on Our Changing World.