Large Dinosaur Species Discovered in Brazil

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Brazilian paleontologists have discovered a new giant dinosaur species, a herbivorous reptile that lived 80 million years ago. The Maxakalisaurus topai, of the Titanosauria group, was about 40 feet long and weighed about 9 tons, a team announced Monday.

It had a large body and a long tail and neck with a relatively small head. Some of the bones had teeth marks on them, which led scientists to believe that the specimen was devoured by carnivorous dinosaurs after its death. The dinosaur is named after an Indian tribe, Maxakali, that lives in the area. Topa is a divinity the tribe worships.