The new species, which has not yet been named, was a colossal beast. Its thigh bone alone is longer than an adult human being, and altogether it was estimated to measure 65 feet in height and 140 feet in length. The animal was a plant-eater and a type of sauropod — dinosaurs with long necks and long tails that those of us who grew up in the ’60s learned to call a “brontosaurus,” the “thunder lizard” species of dinosaur that now is believed to have never actually existed –– except as the quarry vehicle used by Fred Flintstone and served in rib form at the Bedrock drive-in. (That’s science for you.)
The newly discovered dinosaur is thought to have weighed 77 tons, as much as 14 fully grown African elephants. In short, the largest land animals of the modern world, which seem so large and ponderous to us, would have been dwarfed by this gigantic dinosaur. Imagine standing near a creature that was as tall as a seven-story building and could shake the ground with each step! It gives an entirely new plausibility to Godzilla movies.
We’ve seen this story again and again, in Latin America, in the Soviet Union, and in every other country that has adopted economic policies that interfere with the law of supply and demand and hinder the operation of free markets. Argentina will eventually experience a crash, as inflation spirals out of control and shortages become even more acute. But will it actually learn and take to heart the lesson it should have learned before?