29 years ago he discovered Giganotosaurus and now he will see it in Jurassic World Dominion

at 77 years old, Robin Carolini Life surprised him again. Perhaps not in the same way it was on the afternoon of 25 July 1993, as he was making one of his usual excavations about 15 kilometers south of Villa El Chocón, when he discovered a kasbah Carnivorous dinosaurs, which turned out to be the largest in the world. The news, which spread a few days ago, that Giganotosaurus caroline (Giganotosaurus meaning “giant southern reptile” and Carolinii in honor of its discoverer) would have Special Participation in Jurassic World Dominion From director Colin Trevorrow, which comes out next June, Caroline felt satisfied and proud.

“Now I want to see the movie”says excitedly before consulting LM Neuken This man was born in 1944 in Uncatevo, Córdoba province, who knew how to learn the mechanic trade from his father and who at the age of 23 came to Cipolite to work between 1969 and 1974 as head of maintenance for large trucks that moved part. From the materials with which the El Chocón Dam was built and then at Hidronor until it was privatized in 1993.

jigAs the film’s producers called it, Trevorrow will become the real enemy of the main characters in Jurassic World, played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard, who must fight the dinosaurs that have escaped from the sanctuary. Free across cities all over the planet.

According to reports, on this occasion, the film’s production chose Giganotosaurus Carolinii as the antagonist. A few days ago, the specialized magazine Empire published the first photo where you can see Giga with the entire film crew. In addition, they explained that it is a “horror-causing” monster. Giga character is designed so that “Set the world on fire. I wanted something like the Joker”Trevorrow explained in an interview. Dominion will bring to the screen characters from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg, marking a rupture in cinema history with its groundbreaking special effects.

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“I feel good that I was the hero of discovery, but it seems to me that they did not take advantage of that in Argentina,” commented Robin Carolini.

But beyond happiness, Carolini does not hide his annoyance because he considers that the dinosaur he discovered in Argentina was not given the importance it deserves.. “It is so good that a movie is made, it satisfies one because I was the protagonist of all this discovery and everything that came after it, but, on the other hand, It makes me think that in our country no one thought of making a movie, the dinosaur I found wasn’t exploitedNeither the municipality of El Chocón nor the provincial government took advantage of it.” He added that at the time he personally asked to make a film. He said, “I have a lot of photographic material for everything I found in Chocón and the discovery of Giganotosaurus because in addition to my hobby for dinosaurs, I was also interested in photography and cinema and had many crews the movies”.

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The discovery of the Carolini led to the development of scientific activity in palaeontology in the province. He stated that what excited him most when discovering was “The enormous size of the tibia”, 1.10 meters. “When I got home, I researched a book on dinosaurs containing the bone length of Tyrannosaurus Rex (the largest carnivorous dinosaur up to that time) and called paleontologist Leonardo Salgado and told him. I remember he said to me “Go and sing to Gardel,” I couldn’t believe. I always got pregnant A piece of wire, and I measured it and it was bigger. Then Salgado came to the place and cried like a boy. He told me, “You have no idea what I found.”. Not only did he discover the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur, but with it he demolished two theories: One says that Tyrannosaurus rex was the largest fossil carnivorous reptile. Others denied the existence of dinosaurs larger than those in the northern hemisphere.


Giganotosaurus Carolinii, discovered in Neuquén in 1993, will be the protagonist in Jurassic World Dominion, which will be released next June.

Giganotosaurus Carolinii, discovered in Neuquén in 1993, will be the protagonist in Jurassic World Dominion, which will be released next June.

Carolini, with paleontologists Salgado and Rudolf Correa, has begun excavations in which it was possible to recover 70 percent of the skeleton, and it stands out from the recovered remains of the animal that inhabited this part of the planet 100 million years ago (in the secondary period of the Lower Middle Cretaceous) skull, pelvis, tibia, femur and column Almost the entire spine. It was about 15 meters long, had a hip height of 4.60 meters and had a head reach of about 8 meters. It is estimated that its weight did not reach 10 tons. The teeth of this insect were 15 cm long and curved like a dagger.

Carolini noted that he fought for the remains where they were discovered and for Argentina’s recognition in the excavation case. This man, who taught himself in the affairs of the excavations, A mediator between the past and the present. That is why he indicated that this result helped him to understand the experience of living things on Earth. “It’s the first life impulse formed millions of years ago,” highlighted.

Leonardo Salgado: It was raining and cold and we were digging

“It is with great pleasure that Giganotosaurus appears in this movie,” said Paleontologist Leonardo Salgado, Who in 1993 with a colleague Rudolf Correawho was then head of the Neuquen Paleontological Research District, was called up by Robin Carolini To start your excavation missions in search of more fossil remains of the largest carnivores in the world.

Salgado was able to see the trailer for the film coming out in June, and expressed his happiness that “from what I saw in the opening scene of the film There is a battle between Giganotosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Although this is a bit far fetched because they are from different times and different geographies, but there they make them fight and kill the Giganoto T-Rex, and from there they connect the present time.”


Leonardo Salgado, a paleontologist and member of the excavation team, said:

“From what I saw in the trailer, there is a battle and Giganotosaurus defeats Tyrannosaurus Rex, and from there they connect to the present,” said Leonardo Salgado, a paleontologist and member of the excavation team.

dinosaur movie fanadmitting that he sees them all, the paleontologist and professor at the National University of Rio Negro in the Faculty of Biology and in his palaeontological degree recalled those days of the expedition, in total there were four weeks off, and carried out excavations of the fossils of the fossil pieces of Giganotosaurus: “It was raining and it was cold, and it wasn’t the best time to do this kind of research”, commented. During the long working days “during the excavation we made comparisons and measurements of the sizes with respect to some copies of the works of tyrannosaurs, and I think in the second week we knew we had the biggest dinosaurs.”

Salgado highlighted the significance of the Carolinian discovery that took place in Patagonia 29 years ago “For the information that this animal provided and that it was the means through which a large part of Argentine society began to care about dinosaurs.”

Rodolfo Correa: “I had the feeling that Gigannotto would appear in some Jurassic movie”

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“It’s fun, looking back at all the work you’ve done and the impact this dinosaur had knowing you had something to do with it.”male to LM Neuken paleontologist Rudolf Correa Regarding the Jurassic Word Domain in which Giganotosaurus Carolinii appears. He points out that he sensed this in one of the films of the Jurassic period “Giganoto would have appeared because it is a very popular dinosaur, even in the northern hemisphere, after the T-Rex is the most consulted on the Internet.”


Rodolfo Correa, paleontologist and member of the excavation missions, said:

“You remember everything you worked on and the impact this dinosaur had and you know it had something to do with it all,” said Rodolfo Correa, a paleontologist and member of the excavation missions.

Correa says they used the long weekend of August 17, 1993, to work where more bone remains had surfaced. “When we began to clean up and remove the sediment that was covering it, we discovered that it was a reed measuring 140 cm, ten times the largest size found at that time,” he described. This was key for paleontologists to rule out what they assumed they encountered but carnivorous sauropod remains.

From those days of intense work to salvage the carnivores found by Carolina, Correa keeps two photos. It was the first excavation campaign that was “Very miserable because it was raining almost all the time, and when it stopped we kept digging, and when we left we ran into a tent we had set up to take cover.”. That expedition was very miserable but at the same time very fruitful because we saved the skull and the rest of the material which was not like the herbivorous sauropod, it was a safe carnivore.”

The second image that Correa saved is the presentation he and Salgado gave in 1994 at a Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Seattle, United States. “We went with a very modest poster and pictures of some Giganotosaurus bones and at the end of our gallery we were contacted by the editor-in-chief of Nature, who told us he would be very pleased if we considered Nature to publish our studies of Giganotosaurus. We couldn’t believe it, we immediately said yes. When we got back we started writing the paper and working on Giganotosaurus was the cover story for this prestigious magazineand narrated.

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